Adjustment Day
by Palahniuk, Chuck

A timely satire by the best-selling author of Fight Club lampoons the absurdities in society with a depiction of a world where politician warmongering, erupting economic divides and melodramatic doomsday predictions culminate in the rise of a mysterious book that issues directives for the approaching Adjustment Day.

One of our most visionary and fearless literary "equal opportunity offenders" is back with what is perhaps his darkest, most biting satire to date. Inspired by the ramblings of John Galt-ish, quasimythical Talbott Reynolds, groups of young men across the country conspire to overthrow the existing power structures on the eve of a third world war designed by the leading governments to cull the ranks of the burgeoning young male populace. These young men form "lineages" to claim their status in the new regime and rack up points by harvesting the left ears of their victims. The population is then forcibly resettled into the new states of Causasia, Blacktopia, and Gaysia. Palahniuk's razor-sharp insights and boundless imagination are matched only by his ability to make even the most stomach-churning scenes somehow vividly entertaining. If satire is meant to hold a mirror up to society and reflect our prejudices, vices, and hypocrisy, then it must be willing to pull no punches and offend everyone. Palahniuk offers a bare-knuckled flurry of jabs that is equal parts Jonathan Swift and Tyler Durden. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A muscular promotional campaign will launch this peak novel by unfailing sought after Palahniuk. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

An uprising in Portland, Oregon, leads to social revolution and terror in this relentless satire of our splintered times. Many writers have complained recently that current events are distracting them from doing the work. Clearly, Palahniuk (Make Something Up, 2015, etc.) has embraced the madness, crafting a dystopian nightmare that takes all the fractures of our modern society and escalates them to a perverted climax. The United States is on the brink of war, and millennials are expected to be mowed down by the thousands, a deliberate plan by a crooked senator to avoid an American Arab Spring. But two new developments emerge. The first is The List, an internet site where anyone can post the names of people they deem a threat to society. The more votes a person gets, the more danger they are in. The second is a revolutionary manifesto by a man named Talbott Reynolds that contains wisdom like "We must kill those who would have us kill one another" and is advertised with the sl ogan "A Smile Is Your Best Bulletproof Vest!" And then...Adjustment Day, during which The List's targets are exterminated, journalists murdered, and a "Declaration of Interdependence" setting new rules is written. Only those who killed are granted rights. They are elevated to the rank of barbaric "chieftains," their serfs marked by a severed ear. The country is split into divided states: "Blacktopia," "Gaysia," and "Caucasia." "Democracy was a short-lived aberration," Palahniuk writes, taking the anarchist conviction of Fight Club (1996) Project Mayhem and letting it run unchecked. Once Palahniuk turns society on its ear, it's a rich milieu in which the author can experiment with characters, form, style, and an acidic wit that savages social constructs, conspiracies, and norms with abandon. Or, perhaps not. "Palahniuk," Reynolds mutters. "All of his work is about castration. Castration or abortion." A caustic fantasy about emasculated men, power reversals, proletariat revolu t ion, and extreme violence. Sound familiar? Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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