“What is patriotism? Is it sticking to a flawed system—or fighting to replace it with a better one?”
- First-year college professor, John Nolan
America has collapsed. The land of the free no longer exists—and the global superpower that replaced it may be next.
Political factions within the weakened empire rush to exploit the crisis. Citizens clash as national adversaries seek redemption. The ruthless crusade to attract a vulnerable electorate devolves into a fight for the country’s survival.
As society weakens, an unlikely champion of the people emerges—first-year college professor John Nolan. With his star rising, colliding political interests fight for his loyalty. When one side does the unreasonable, another does the unthinkable. The result is unimaginable.
All John knows is that he must choose between the country he loves and the country he believes it can be. Will he fight for his government—or against it?
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Chris Papst is a multiple Emmy-award winning investigative reporter and author of the bestseller, Capital Murder.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Devolution is a smartly written novel that questions the basic morals and principles of our government and its people. This novel asks the reader to look inside himself to see if they too have the courage to do what is right and just instead of what is easy and status quo. I challenge you to read just one chapter...you won't be able to put it down. Chris Papst knows how to make his characters pop. He gives them life and voice that make them incredibly real to the reader. This is a novel that sticks with the reader and internally changes who they are in the future. I can't wait to see what he comes out with next.
I'm not a big reader, but I really enjoyed this book. With all the political turmoil in America right now, it puts into context what can happen (based off what has happened to other nations). The story moved very quickly. The characters are relate-able and develop nicely throughout the 300 or so pages. I enjoyed the unwillingness of the novel's central character to get involved. It made it seem real. I'm still thinking about the central theme of 'what is patriotism'. I'm not sure what I would do in a similar situation. I thought that the idea of the author writing a constitution was very original. People complain all the time about politics and how things should be, but this is the first time I've seen someone write out a government framework and say, "Let's adopt this." Personally, I think most of the Constitution itself makes a lot of sense. I agree with the part about political parties and elections. If politicians couldn't run for office as members of political parties, people would actually have to educate themselves on the candidates and not just blindly vote for the R or D. I recommend the book.
Devolution. If this book does anything, it will make you think! It takes you on a political journey where, in some cases, it just might wake you up! And -- it’s easy enough to read; in fact, it’s a downright pleasure because Papst’s writing ability is a full-blown and obvious talent. But be prepared. You will find yourself arm-in-arm with John Nolan, or maybe you’ve already been there and back again. Take it for a spin – you’ll like it!
What a great time in history for this book. The story-line about how politicians can destroy a nation with the people's support was intriguing. But I found the Constitution to be most fascinating. It got me thinking - if we were to start a country today, how would we form the government? We've learned a lot in the past 240 years since our Constitution was written. A lot of the ideas in Devolution's Constitution make a lot of sense. The idea of one central figurehead with immense power, such as a president, king, queen, prime minister or chancellor is an idea that's thousands of years old. Why do we still adhere to it? The story line is fast. It keeps you thinking and wanting to read more. I would recommend this book to anyone. Even if you don't follow politics or history, it will get you thinking. Bravo to the author. I also read his first book, Capital Murder. If you liked that one, you'll like this one.