Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

Adjustment Day

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,...

Details Adjustment Day

TitleAdjustment Day
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Abandoned, Did Not Finish, Politics, Adult Fiction, Literature, Horror

Reviews Adjustment Day

  • Drew
    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 grat...
  • Jilly
    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 wi...
  • Uriel Perez
    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. Fro...
  • 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 eer...
  • Bill
    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” author...
  • Peter Derk
    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 a...
  • Alicia
    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 th...
  • Supreeth
    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 ...
  • 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 co...
  • 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 use...
  • Jim
    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 Pal...
  • Allen Adams
    2018-05-01’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 nih...
  • Ian
    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...
  • Lydia
    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-thro...
  • Derek Wolfgram
    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.
  • lit.erary.britt
    “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.
  • Yvette Lavanchy
    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 d...
  • Dany Salvatierra
    1984 meets The Handmaid's Tale meets Fight Club. Classic Chuck is back. With a vengeance.
  • Roy
    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 ex...
  • Jamesboggie
    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...
  • Rachel Christine
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 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 paint...
  • John Ferrigno
    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 ch...
  • Dan
    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 We...
  • Brendan
    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 presen...
  • Kenneth Wade
    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
  • Ben Arzate
    Full ReviewAdjustment 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.
  • Charity
    This book is over-the-top, unstructured, outrageous, graphic, vulgar, offensive, and pure Chuck Palahniuk. If you have read his books, then you know what to expect and this book has it in spades. I really want to give this Four Stars, but I felt that the choppy and all-over-the-place narrative, coupled with numerous characters and timelines, was difficult to follow and that detoured some of my enjoyment of the book.
  • Vivek Tejuja
    Let me very honest and tell you that I wasn’t all that excited when I heard of the new Palahniuk being released. I haven’t enjoyed his last couple of books and yet I was in a strange way looking forward to reading this one.At the same time, Palahniuk is not every reader’s cup of tea. “Adjustment Day” is his first novel in four years and might I add here that I was more than floored reading it. It is a book that is about the times we liv...
  • Marta Black
    Lots of independent stories build to one fantastic outcome. For those who want to follow one protagonist's journey, this is not the book. But if you appreciate an unfolding story from multiple viewpoints, it's fascinating. It's a book designed for thought. Wonderfully relevant.
  • Mark
    This is the first Palahniuk book I read (he's been on my wish list for years), so I can't compare it to the others. But I enjoyed it. The Adjustment Day of the title is a day of revolution in which the masses rise up against authority figures of all sorts: politicians, media, and academics. The whole thing is instigated by a book of cryptic sayings. A series of vignettes follow several characters in the lead-up to the big day and the social trans...