Modern society is more dependent on technology to survive than at any point in history, and we are becoming more disconnected from the natural world as a result. When same-day delivery of essential items is widely relied upon, and instantaneous knowledge is at our fingertips, what incentive do we have to prepare for the unexpected? If a natural or manmade disaster caused that technology to suddenly stop working, would you be prepared to survive on your own for a minimum of 72 hours, as recommended by FEMA? Max Brooks, the #1 bestselling author of World War Z, imagines this scenario in his upcoming book Devolution. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Max Brooks novel without a monster. In this novel that blurs the line between fact and fiction, Max uses a creature straight out of legend to give us a clear-eyed assessment of how easily our comforting illusions can be ripped away, and asks what we become when nature takes over.
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