Adjustment Day

Chuck Palahniuk
The author of Fight Club takes America beyond our darkest dreams in this timely satire.People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.Adjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:Imagine there’s no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they’ve shirked theirs.A smile is your best bulletproof vest.When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.


Reviewed: 2018-12-26
I'm not sure what to say about this. I used to enjoy Chuck's narratives and the tricky little ironies he litters about in them. Upon perusing my ratings for his more recent books I'm realizing I haven't really liked anything since Rant. I still have Beautiful You to read and I think it's on my list before the end of the year.
I suppose I'll make a list of the things that I know put me off regarding this particular book.
1) Too many POV shifts. Chuck's narrative style usually sticks to one character, as I recall. This book suffers from nearly every character of note getting their own segment of the narrator following them.
2) As I consider it, it's kind of impressive that the style of writing changes based upon which character we're following. Impressive or not, I disliked it. Especially the Caucasia Ren Faire garbage.
3) Early on I had described this book as being a sort of rewrite of the end of Fight Club. Later, Fight Club itself is brought up. While it's a part of today's pop culture, having the author reference his own works--even if they get shit on by the characters--felt like a weak move. I should mention he brings up Stephen King, too, but not in any depth.
4) Never once in the story did I get any of the gotcha or twist or any of the fun things I've come to expect from a good Palahniuk book.

And I'm done digging through my brain for anything about this book. I'd honestly like to forget about it. Read it if you're a die-hard Chuck Palahniuk fan and want to read everything he's read. That's why I did. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
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