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Book Review: Devolution

Devolution by Max Brooks

From the author of 'World War Z' comes this acount of what happened to hipsters who set up an eco-enclave named Greenloop in the middle of nowhere. The nearby Mount Rainer eruption drove legendary beasts toward the unprepared town. Cue a massacre earth-shattering in its implications.

This is told via a recovered journal, book excerpts, interviews and news articles. This is an excellent tale of an encounter with a mythological beast who is very real. The 1970s craze is very real and some useless hipsters who are incapable of anything face death and destruction. Nature is red in tooth and claw and the devastating eruption means no help is coming.

The hipsters have to become bloodthirsty and vengeance fuelled into order to survive. A dumb useless woman learns she is absolutely capable of becoming a killer and a hunter as thre creatures shatter the hipsters' social infrastructure. The hipsters don't know how to do much of anything and have understandable disbelief that a long surviving myth is in the street outside and is coming though their windows. This was engrossing and thrillingly fearful.

Gauches and grotesque hipsters set up an eco commune and have no survival skills which leads to an inevitable outcome. The open space is pleasant and people think it grants lives with menaing and beauty. There is a consequence of stupid hipster actions and their remote location is not a celebrated asset.

The hipsters have all the artistic subtlety of Banksy on speed. The hipsters have a multiude of failings. This book is deserving of acclaim. Hipsters refuse to be convinced by anything other than quantifiable benefits. Then comes the unifying nature of a terrible threat. There are disastrous trends and hipsters are not likely to prove especially helpful in a dangerous situation.

Due to the advance of western settlement, Bigfoot previously hid and bore silent witness to thousands of years of history. Now they have flagrant disregard for the imapcts or wider implications of their actions.

Hipsters integrity and credibility are undermined and hipsterism trumps good judgement. What became of them will be notorious. They faced maltreatment by Bigfoot and utter chaos. The heroine's husband had indifference and neglect toward her and her frustration turned to despair until the Bigfoot tribe showed up.

Hipsters have long meddled and now they experience a reckoning. There are factional rifts and a growing discontent and no beneficial external conditions. Instead there is sacrifice, determination and resilience. Days turn to darkness as an uncaring psychopath Bigfoot tribe attack. They lalck morality and show no remorse or empathy.

The area was absolutely devastated and the hipsters are under immense duress. Before it all kicks off, it is an affront to common sense that the hipsters think all these little things are concidence. The Bigfoot tribe do interference and intimdation.

Best Lines:

“Ingrained ideology.”

“Gnawing on a skeleton that'd already been gnawed by something else.”

“Adversity introducing us to ourselves.”

“Stabby thing.”

“Nothing could have such a big foot.”

“Memorize every tree, rock, patch of open space, to see if any of them change between glances.”

“Super ape.”

“Prehistoic mega-simian.”

“Now sub-merged Siberian land bridge.”

“The sharp eyes and even sharper spearpoints of daylight hunting Homo Sapiens.”

“To compete with us for food, or maybe we were the food.”

“A brain designed to outthink food trying to get away.”

“The same brains that mastered spaceflight learned to think by hunting.”

“Prey switching.”

“Ecoological tipping point.”

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

“Negative remembrance.”

“Those that were left went deep into the Rockies, far enough to avoid any possible contact with humans.”

“They followed the deer out of the mountains.”

“Trail of escalation.”

“Without question or pause,”

“iPhone-sized dent in the wall.”

“That mega-morgue we've got in what used to be Tacoma.”

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