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Survival Instinct


3.20  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Betrayed and left for dead, D'onne Mad Donna Ulanti threatens to turn the cyberpunk world of Necromunda upside down in her fierce quest for vengeance. Original.
Paperback, 251 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Games Workshop(uk)
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Michael Dodd
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andy Chambers’ classic 2005 Necromunda novel Survival Instinct is the story of spire-born noblewoman turned underhive legend D’onne Ulanti, otherwise known as ‘Mad’ Donna. After receiving a message which dredges up ancient history, Donna finds herself on a danger-filled journey that leads ever-deeper into the underhive, and the dark corners of her past.

It’s very much a child of its time, so it’s not particularly sophisticated; the plot is simple but effective, the writing is very readable if no
Alex Vaccaro
As a big fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, I'll usually give these novels a pass and see them for what they are: pulpy science-fiction set in an utterly grimdark world, with mediocre writing but cool characterization of the characters and units we love from the tabletop game.


This novel does not get a pass. It's poorly written, poorly characterized (MAD Donna? More like average angsty young adult Donna), and quite honestly boring. The plot is extremely weak, and drags on with little-to-no
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent book with an interesting story structure let down by the last third. The hints did turn out to be true for a bit of a cliche backstory and the use of slurs out of nowhere which add nothing to the scene spoil what was until then an enjoyable romo
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book actually takes place on Necromunda which is technically in the 40k verse but is more of a stand alone.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
This was my second time reading Survival Instinct, and I enjoyed it as much this time as I did the first. Even though these days, most people barely remember Necromunda, the fiction is still as entertaining as it was when the game was new.

Chambers presents a story about Mad Donna, a special character gangs could hire in the Necromunda table top game. In the description, she was described as a violent hyper-bitch, and not much of her background was explored. After reading this book, the reader ga
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This novel was the first alongside CS Goto Salvation about Necromunda. The most famous Hive planet in the galaxy. It's here that the Imperial fists draw their recruits.

This tale is composed with 11 named chapters and each one divided with memories from our protagonist which added depth and history to her.

This tale we follow the adventures of Mad'Donna Ulanti, a hive noble living in the underhive to escape a past. From the beginning of our tale we begin to learn about the life in the Underhive an
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is really Wicked for the Underhive and since it was published 5 years after Wicked, it really could be an influence. I really didn't like Wicked, couldn't even get though it, as I really don't care for the world of Oz and really just wanted my wicked witch to be wicked & not troubled, but I did like Survival Instinct. I do love all things Necromunda, but didn't really care where Mad Donna came from. Still don't really and can't understand GW's infatuation with people fleeing the spire i ...more
Beau Johnston
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy a good tale about Necromunda, and this book lived up to my expectations.
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