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People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorising its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

In this ingeniously comic work, Chuck Palahniuk’s first novel in four years, he does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nast
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2018 by Jonathan Cape (first published May 1st 2018)
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Drew
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the one hand, it's nice to have Chuck back and doing fiction. Not only that, he's doing fiction that doesn't rely on a gimmick like the last.... decade or so of his output. No disrespect to some of those books, but also some of them were garbage.

On the other hand, it was hard to read this and not feel like the man is perhaps past his prime. Conceptually, he's got his finger right on the jackhammer pulse of the present (it was surprisingly gratifying to see him sending up the ways in which his
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Jilly
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
I LOVED Fight Club. Of course, I only saw the movie and didn't read the book. Totally brilliant! So, when I saw this, I thought I would be blown away and that there would be some awesome twisty stuff. But, neither of those things happened. It was disappointing.



The set-up is a crazy end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it in the U.S.. There is a take-over and re-shuffling. It is parody of what is going on in our society, but it was a little over the top with silliness. I wished it was grittier, but it is
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Uriel Perez
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m pleased to report a few months ahead of the scheduled publication date that this is classic Chuck; back with enough here to shock, offend and make us laugh all the same. The book follows a plot to completely upend the U.S. government and re-invent the nation into some Libertarian fantasyland, creating separatist ethno-states and violently dispersing wealth and prestige to the most violent and dedicated followers of a radical, new edict.

From the far reaches of Caucasia, Blacktopia and Gaysia
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Peter Derk
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
50 pages into this book, I was thinking, "Ah, Christ. So Mr. Palahniuk is weighing in on American politics too? Is fucking EVERYONE an expert now?"

But then I read some more, and what he's doing is way more interesting.

What I see happening on both sides of the real-world political fence is journalists, interviewers, reviewers and so on amping up the political side of every story. An artist releases a new album, and we're WAY more likely to hear about the artist's politics or projected viewpoint
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Stacy Fetters
"Drugs are popular because they give the user a window of madness or illness that can be scheduled. Unlike sickness, drugs can synchronize the infection, derangement, and recuperation of a group of people."

Adjustment Day is a modern reinvention of Project Mayhem that takes over the world. People get brainwashed by what they see on television and what they read in this little blue/black book. They get consumed by what they see and hear. It’s eerie how similar this story is to the world we are liv
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Bill
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Grilled peacock tongues, sweet smelling Shasta earplugs, brown recluse mush dick, buckets of spit, scary unbridled vajayjays, and the start of grouse hunting season.

Palahniuk is a strange cat. I dig his work, but he seems to be a wee hit or miss. He can be absolutely brilliant and then turn in something marginally mediocre. Dude definitely has his own unique style and voice. Despite the inconsistencies, he remains one of my “must read” authors.

I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Palahniuk in San Fran
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Alicia
Jul 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
God, it's hard to watch the statues of your literary gods crumble. It pains me to say this, as I usually love Chuck, but hell, this was dismal. I can't say enough what a stinking, poorly written, rambling pile of shit this is. It's not because it's satire, nor is it because it's offensive. That's what you're hoping for in a scathing Chuck Palahniuk book, but this was executed poorly. It wasn't transgressive and clever, it was lame. I feel like the victim of a practical joke, where the price of b ...more
Lydia Ellis
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invisible Monsters is my favorite Chuck Palahniuk book. I feel as though listing your favorite Chuck P book is the proper way to start a review of one of his other works, so people can understand the lens through which you’re viewing it.

Adjustment Day is the perfect rebuttal to any and all of the “anarcho-libertarians” who continually misinterpret Fight Club. It’s as if Project Mayhem grew and was successful - it provides the follow-through, “but what if...” that anarchists are often too afraid
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Supreeth
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think you need a certain mood to read Palahniuk, I definitely didn't have that whatever mood that is when this book got out. But it's not late anyway, 2018 is still on ! I'd saved Lullaby and Survivor for future days because his later books seemed more of gibberish poppycock than anything like Fight Club. And if you care Fight Club is my favourite postmodern book, more like postmodern bible — I live by it. The best way to read Adjustment Day is - skim through boring parts, don't attempt to rem ...more
Amanda NEVER MANDY
When I see the words REDUCED SODIUM printed on a label I know the contents are going to be bland and flavorless. The manufacturer might try to supplement the missing ingredient with other spices and whatnot in a pathetic attempt to trick the taste buds into believing this shit is good but we all know it isn’t. The can of goop falls flat and the only happy person is the one who made money off of selling it to my stupid ass.

I wish this concept could be applied to books. I would stamp a big fat war
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Allen Adams
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America’s master of transgressive literary satire is back at it again.

Chuck Palahniuk’s new novel – his first in four years – is “Adjustment Day,” a bleak look at the potential future implied by the logical (and not-so-logical) endpoints of our society’s current extremities. Filled with off-puttingly fascinating imagery, Palahniuk combines a belief in the power of the individual man with a nihilistic lack of faith in the judgment of mankind. It’s an anti-R
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Tom Quinn
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
[T]hey were tired of being consumers. They wanted to be consumed.

Chuck Palahniuk always writes with some gimmick. In this one, he writes with three. First he refuses to use the word "said" or "says." It is noticeable but doesn't especially enhance the text in any way. Later on, he starts this cutesy listing tic where various characters list things of a specific category: belief systems or skin colors, primarily. Then he diverges into three alternating caricatures of regional and historical diale
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Chris Berko
After first reading Fight Club in 1998 Chuck P has been one of my favorite authors. I've read all of his first eight books at least twice and most of them three or four times. Unfortunately he has been hit or miss since those, and this one is undoubtedly a miss. It probably would have made a great short story, I liked the first twenty pages and then the last ten or so were alright but everything in between was a mess. No matter how preachy he used to get, no matter how nihilistic or anarchy-indu ...more
Jim
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve not read much of Palahniuk’s work. In fact, I’ve only read Fight Club. So, when I got the chance to get my hands on an ARC of his new book, I didn’t hesitate. He’s a writer I’ve always wanted to explore more.

But, man, what a drag this was. I really, REALLY enjoy the premise. The book reads sort of like a tome for an event that’s already happened, and it’s eerie to see the similarities between our real world and the world Palahniuk creates. It was hard not to make comparisons throughout to
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Ian
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a big Chuck P fan for quite some time now. I even caught him live at the Triple Rock for the "Snuff" tour. His last few books haven't grabbed me like "Rant," "Lullaby" or "Survivor" did. "Adjustment Day" is different. An interesting take on dystopia, fueled by the concept that there is a cyclical population bulge of males that is alleviated by war. This time, instead of another war, the young men and blue collar folks of country rise up and decapitate the intelligentsia and the leaders ...more
Derek Wolfgram
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Palahniuk's best book since Lullaby. While the narrative is a bit jumbled, the paranoid libertarian fantasy world in the story is a brilliant extrapolation of today's political environment, and could only have been written by the author of Fight Club. Darkly funny and poignant.
britt_brooke
“If you can slash a tire, you can harvest an ear.”

On a large scale the premise is so intriguing, but in execution, it’s a disorganized mess. With no distinct chapters, and a stupid number of characters (none of whom I cared lived, died, lost an ear, whatever), it was easy to get storylines confused. Talbott’s blue-black book of aphorisms is the only thing that kept me going. Glad it’s over.
Jason Pettus
It would perhaps be best to start my review of Chuck Palahniuk's newest novel, Adjustment Day, with a factual recap of the book's premise, since all my complex and hard-to-articulate opinions of the book stem from it. Namely, it posits a day after tomorrow in which the alt-right movement actually gets their shit together enough to pull off a successful armed revolution, after which they split the US up into a series of ethnostates (all whites in the north, all blacks in the south, all LGBTQ peop ...more
Bon Tom
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To appreciate this book, you need several things:

1. You need to be aware this is satire, not your serious, zombie based dystopia you're accustomed to. You also need to know what satire is.
2. You need to be accustomed to 101 of conspiracy theories.
3. Incredible though they sound, you also need to suspect that all those crazy conspiracy theories probably have more than quantum of truth in them, certainly more than the version of reality you're being fed via media and public belief, which is, if yo
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Yvette Lavanchy
May 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Adjustment Day was a big disappointment. I never really got the plot, there was just too many subplots and characters. I also didn’t understand where he referenced his own works “Fight Club” and even his own name in comparison of other books like Dead Poets Society, Gone with the wind, and Great Gatsby. Please Chuck, spare us this narcissism. I have enjoyed many of Palahniuk’s books in the past but this one I could not justify wasting a day to finish after I have wasted 24$ to purchase the book. ...more
Dany Salvatierra
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1984 meets The Handmaid's Tale meets Fight Club. Classic Chuck is back. With a vengeance.
Dan
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just getting older, but it sure feels like Palahniuk gets worse and worse. I can't tell if this is supposed to be self-parody of its own failure to work as any sort of effective social satire. I think he's trying to outdo himself for being gross, offensive, and bizarre, but he's misstepped in just adding more of the same instead of actually upping the game. If you're in the market for a book that makes you uncomfortable, read Roche's Wetlands, Delany's Hogg, or Homes' The End Of Alice. ...more
Roy
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This took me a week to read. I feel like he can be either amazing or pretty average. This dystopian style novel is very close to home ie USA. I felt like its tongue in cheekiness was too silly and over the top. The writing is top notch at times and I give him 2 stars for this. However for some reason we're getting a random explosion of dystopian novels. I think the overload is getting too much. I think diehard fans will eat this one up. People experiencing Chuck for the first time maybe stay awa ...more
Jamesboggie
May 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Adjustment Day is like the idiot child of Fight Club. It is a bigger, stupider, shallower imitation for the Internet age.

That might seem unfairly harsh, but is impossible to avoid comparing Adjustment Day to Fight Club. Palahniuk does it himself in book, when he outright asserts the purposes of each book (on page 157 of my copy). As far as I am concerned, that begs for comparisons. In this comparison, Adjustment Day falls short.

Adjustment Day is full of social commentary. That's fine; social co
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Rachel Christine
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I am a big fan of Palahniuk's earlier works (Invisible Monsters, Fight Club, Lullaby) and had the opportunity to meet him at a book signing for this release. I had high expectations going into this book, and while I did like it, there were several parts of it that just didn't work for me.

This book is clearly a satire on our current socioeconomic and political state. It expands on our dissastifcation and fears with the world, and paints a picture of "what would really happen if we rid ourse
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John Ferrigno
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adjustment Day feels like the book Chuck Palahniuk's entire career has been leading up to. This novel is very much of the moment, a scathing satire of current American society, our modern climate brought to the extreme and turned on its head.

While it is filled with the types of themes that are normally found in a Palahniuk book, this one reads very different than his usual writing style. He normally skewers society through the eyes of a single character. In Adjustment Day, he uses a large ensemb
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Chaunceton Bird
The style and substance of this book are unquestionably the work of Chuck Palahniuk, but the delivery isn't quite there. In this sardonic critic of identity politics, the author imagines a grim America divided along arbitrary lines of race and sexuality. Although intriguing, it didn't pull me along; not a page turner. For much of the book I felt like I was slogging through one of the author's good ideas, but developed ad nauseum. I'd recommend this to fans of Chuck Palahniuk, but not to anybody ...more
Ben Arzate
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Adjustment Day is an entertaining satire of modern American politics, but a flawed one. Palahniuk throws some clever barbs at the zeitgeist and there are flashes of what made Fight Club such a beloved phenomenon. However, while I think this is a book worth reading, all its problems make it seem like an earlier draft of a much better one.
Brendan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

It's nice to have another Chuck Palahniuk novel on the shelf and a book that has a lot of ideas like Fight Club all those years ago. The problem I have with the book is that it simply went nowhere. Fight Club 2 was another missed opportunity, that I felt was rushed and just didn't work and Adjustment Day is another book that doesn't know what it wants to be.
The none chapter format was a nice change, I tend to enjoy how Chuck Palahniuk presents each book, I recently picked up the new version
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Kenneth Wade
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, queer
Unique, interesting dystopian with well-written characters. This book really makes you think (and also laugh, as it is a satire), but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. It also probably could have stood a bit of trimming because it feels overly long at times.

3.75 out of 5 stars
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Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey, Fight Club came into existence. The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office, but achieved cult status on DVD. The film’s popularity drove sales of the novel. Chuck put out two novels in 1999, Survivor and Invisible Monsters. Choke, published in 2001, became Chuck’ ...more
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