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

Reviews Adjustment Day

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • britt_brooke
    “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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dany Salvatierra
    1984 meets The Handmaid's Tale meets Fight Club. Classic Chuck is back. With a vengeance.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brendan Nicholls
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Chuck Smith
    Adjustment Day wants to be a commentary on modern society, the influence of literature and belief, gender and race politics, and the nature of power and government. However, it fails to fully elucidate on any of its points, and the ideas presented are often half-baked. A bigoted new world order (that believes the homosexual community is destroying both themselves and the straight community) is completely mum on the trans community and ambivalent ...
  • Ryan Ard
    "A Good Book Should Get You High" - Talbott I felt high the entire time reading Adjustment Day. Adjustment Day brought me back to 2009 and before Palahniuk: Haunted, Snuff, Fight Club, etc. While I was reading the book my mind was fully consumed. It was dark, hilarious, and scary all combined in a way that only Palahniuk can write. My critism of the post 2009 Palahniuk books is that he was out to gross people out. It just felt forced. Adjustment ...