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, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:Imagine there’s no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they’ve shirked theirs.A smile is your best bulletproof vest.When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

Adjustment Day Details

TitleAdjustment Day
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
ISBN-139780393652598
Rating
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Contemporary

Adjustment Day Review

  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "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 "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 living in now. The first rule of Adjustment Day is you must talk about Adjustment Day.The second rule of Adjustment Day is you must talk about Adjustment Day.The third rule of Adjustment Day is you must carry the little blue/black book at all times and it must be visible. The fourth rule of Adjustment Day is if you die, that ear is coming off. Chuck Palahniuk is my favorite author and it pains me to say this but this is the first time that I have been fully disappointed by one of his books. There wasn’t anything special about this and I couldn’t even finish it. My heart breaks. If you are just reading Palahniuk for the first time, I would find another one. If you don’t look at it, maybe it will go away!
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  • Uriel Perez
    January 1, 1970
    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 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, the principal homelands within the formerly United States, we follow a mishmash of displaced persons and leaders with newfound power navigating their “adjusted” positions to disturbing, heroic and often hilarious ends.Adjustment Day is a side-splitting satire that is ripe for this day and age. It holds up a mirror to our own societal decay, casting a spotlight on the faults and ironies of our broken political and ideological systems.Absolutely perfect for Generation Click-Bait.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 leadership elites from their positions of power. Then black and white ethno-states and "Gaysia" are created and a new ruling class is created from the young men and blue collar rebel leaders. Hijinks ensue and it takes a while to sort out who is important to the reader but a worthwhile novel..
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Project Mayhem, if Project Mayhem went global. Maybe that’s because I’ve only read Fight Club, but maybe it’s something others will see as well. Even though the premise is good, the execution is just not there. The book jumps from character to character so much that I couldn’t grasp who anyone was, or care about anything they were doing. It also seemed to take FOREVER to actually get to Adjustment Day - by my calculations, it started on page 111. For a 330ish page book, that’s a hell of a lot of build up to the event the book is named after. I really wanted to like this. I loved Palahniuk’s writing style and his voice. But the jumbled narrative and lack of a central character to really relate to made the whole thing quite a slog. This might work better as an HBO series than a novel.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    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 was surprisingly gratifying to see him sending up 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 was surprisingly gratifying to see him sending up the ways in which his own oeuvre has been co-opted by alt-right white males who believe that FIGHT CLUB was an instructional guide etc) and the novel has flashes of that sharp, sharp, sharp satirical brilliance that made his early work so special. But it's also a surprisingly LONG novel for only being 300-ish pages. At times, it is a downright drag, man, and while the chronologically jumbled narrative has a purpose (of sorts), it mostly just furthers the novel's sense of discohesion. And maybe it's just all a little too close to home. Or maybe it's that Palahniuk's irreverent "piss 'em all off" attitude towards political correctness feels a little jejune these days. Or maybe I'm not the reader I was when I first found Chuck. Maybe that's for the best.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    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 Fight Club and numerous other literary works which 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 Fight Club and numerous other literary works which I also enjoyed. I didn't enjoy the way he went about showing the disunited states that turned into three separate countries (caucasia, blacktopia, and gaysia), nor how and when he reveals where the individuals who are not part of any of those groups reside.Overall I would recommend this to hardcore fans, but not to someone who is new. He's done better before.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this arc available through netgalley.
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  • Derek Wolfgram
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Joel Shoemaker
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    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 transformation that follows. It's odd that he doesn't f 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 transformation that follows. It's odd that he doesn't fully reveal how Adjustment Day happened until the very end. It would have been less confusing to have shown more earlier (not to mention the fact that the flashbacks are not identified as such: that takes a while to figure out). Some of the renderings of the imagined nations are a bit over the top, even given the satiric intent. I'm thinking especially of the courtly language adopted by the residents of Caucasia. But it does all come together, and I think the discontinuities in the story telling are intentional ways to keep the reader off balance. I liked the book enough to finally get around to exploring some of the others.I received an advance Kindle copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelleyann
    January 1, 1970
    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 not messing around when he says he's "an equal-opp 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 not messing around when he says he's "an equal-opportunity offender." The glaring question that needs to always be addressed is probably, how does it stack up against Fight Club? The tl;dr this book is basically Project Mayhem on steroids. It's maybe a shade of the original fight club, holds its own water, but might not ever be as glorious as the first one.
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  • Maura
    January 1, 1970
    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 some tiny way eventually. I’d read about a character in the be 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 some tiny way eventually. I’d read about a character in the beginning, completely forget about the character after 20 or more pages, then be brought back to that character again. You get used to it eventually but it’s confusing at first. It just jumps from place to place so quickly. I would still recommend it though. It’s an extremely interesting read if you can get past how choppy it feels.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    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 and blue collar folks of country rise up and decapi 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 and blue collar folks of country rise up and decapitate the intelligentsia and the leadership elites from their positions of power. Then new “states” are formed and a new ruling class is created from the young men and blue collar leaders. It took a while to sort out who was important and who was not. Many readers will enjoy this immensely.I received a copy of this ARC from Library Reads, in exchange for a review.
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  • Shoshana G
    January 1, 1970
    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 was mentioned but America's demographics are so m 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 was mentioned but America's demographics are so much more than just black and white. I get that this was beside the point, but it continually bothered me.I read an e-ARC through NetGalley.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Vikki
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jared Martin
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Dark look at society in Chuck fashion. Building and tearing down lineages. Segregation. Class systems. All touched on in this book.
  • Golda
    January 1, 1970
    scarily plausible.
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