book review: adjustment day

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⏲ Read time: 3-5 minutes

🚨DISCLAIMER: I shouldn’t even be writing a review for Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk and let me explain why: I (made the mistake and) listened to this as an audiobook and I obviously don’t have the attention span to do two things at once.

I might have ‘read’ this book, but nothing was retained in this peabrain of mine, which is disappointing because Palahniuk is easily one of my top three favorite authors and I was really looking forward to this story.

But based on what I heard and what reviews have said, maybe I’m almost better off. A lot of us were anticipating a Fight Club 2.0, which is what praises it was receiving in the pre-release, but it seemed to fall short.

Heads up: There are some nods and the whole point of the story kind of hints towards Fight Club, but don’t feel the need to read it before picking this up.

Adjustment Day is coming. Welcome to the Disunited States, divvied up into Caucasia, Blacktopia, Gaysia, and they’ve all been awaiting this day. It was in the little black-and-blue book men were forced into carrying like a bible of sorts.

As like any Palahniuk book, the world we live in today that’s plagued by the political propaganda shoved down our throats quickly becomes skewed into literalism. The story is drenched with satirical connection to current events and it is absolutely meant to offend you.

The reason why Palahniuk is one of my favorites is because he’s not afraid to get raw and gory. Adjustment Day certainly doesn’t lack the shock-factor, but yet, I felt as if a lot of the time he was reaching for straws.

Truthfully, the more I enthralled into this story, I felt as if this could easily have been an episode of Black Mirror. (The whole online voting for your life aspect might have been a huge indicator…) There were some hints at Handmaid’s Tale, and it was easy to make the connection between the supped up dystopia that Palahniuk had created and the real world we live in today.

The story itself seemed to be so scattered and it was even harder to pay attention to the multiple characters arcs, and maybe that’s why I couldn’t hunker down and attach myself. I haven’t decided if I will pick this up and physically read it, simply because it seemed to just be such a long story, even for it being 300-some odd pages.

It’s been duly noted that we will only stick to physical copies from here on out!

Rating: 2 out of 5

About sarah

25. writer. obsessed with makeup, french bulldogs, nyr and sparkle.
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