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, Science Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews Adjustment Day

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Drew
    Rounding up from a 3.5On 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...
  • Dave
    I really wanted to like this latest offering of Palahniuk's as I used to be a huge fan. I liked parts of this work, like the list of the least wanted that is posted on line, and if you receive enough votes your life is in jeopardy. Most of the top vote receivers seemed to be politicians, media personnel, and the inteligisia, which would probably be an accurate portrayal of the world we currently live in. He did make some excellent references to F...
  • 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.
  • Joel Shoemaker
    Unless I missed something, Palahniuk doesn’t explain what happens to the non-white/non-black/non-gay until about 250 pages in. For some reason that was ALL I could think about until it was explained. I’m glad it did eventually come out but I would have enjoyed the book more had we known sooner. Still, I LOVE THE FIGHT CLUB REFERENCES and this is a joy to read. Scary, like others have mentioned, how relevant the subject matter is today.
  • 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...
  • Kelleyann
    More of a 3.5 stars but I'm going to round up for the rating on here because it's Chuck Palahniuk and I feel its closer to a 4 than it is a 3. This book was A LOT of things - exhausting, biting, dark, twisted, self-aware, absolutely all over the place, and very VERY classically Chuck Palahniuk. It's definitely a read for a very particular kind of person with a very particular sense of humor. If you've read any Palahniuk books you know that he is ...
  • Maura
    I never review books because I love reading but I’m a terrible writer so I’ll try to keep this short. I’ve never read anything by Palahnick before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This book is absolutely insane and I loved it. The story itself is so different and shocking that it keeps you interested. My only complaint is that there’s no central character. There’s a bunch of different characters and story lines that all intertwine in ...
  • Sharon
    I’m not sure that I was the right reader for this book. I found the satire to be very biting, very funny, but the way things are going in the world today, it may be closer to reality than not. A dystopian novel, fueled by the geriatric politicians and their concept that there is a cyclical population bulge of males, which will be taken care of by war. This time, instead of another war in which the young dutifully enlist and serve, the young men...
  • Shoshana G
    I am not the right reader for this book. I've enjoyed Palahniuk's work in the past, but this didn't work for me as either straight fiction or as satire. I found the timeline confusing and the characters ciphers and the whole book to be a bit of a mess. There were some interesting ideas, but it didn't cohere.I also spent a lot of time wondering about Asian people and Hispanic people and Jewish people and Middle Eastern people etc etc. Some of this...
  • Erica
    I won this in a goodreads giveaway. Palahniuk is tough to review. This book is a manic satire on the state of America that careens towards a somewhat unsatisfying end...but a solid one in that I don’t think there was any clear alternative. And as usual, the writer’s ego is fully on display, including numerous requisite references to Fight Club!It’s a hard book to like because it’s so disturbing. But I couldn’t put it down.
  • Vikki
    I wasn't able to finish this. I loved Fight Club, but hadn't kept up with Palahniuk's work beyond that. This book was like a giant run-on sentence with multiple confusing plotlines. I plan to take another stab at reading it, but after more than a month of trying to work through it, I'm tapping out for now.
  • Jared Martin
    Dark, twisted, and too plausible. A tale of dystopia, the kind of dystopia you get out of an age of mass shootings, conspiracy theories, memes, rampant substance abuse, and war.
  • Justin Brendel
    3.5 stars. Dark look at society in Chuck fashion. Building and tearing down lineages. Segregation. Class systems. All touched on in this book.