books & reading reviews
Book Review: Doomed by Chuck PalahniukTuesday, April 14, 2015
When I took my first flight back in October, I bought a book at the airport to keep me sane and distracted. I'm a huge fan of Chuck...
When I took my first flight back in October, I bought a book at the airport to keep me sane and distracted. I'm a huge fan of Chuck Palahniuk, so I figured I'd be safe grabbing his most recent book (at the time), Doomed. I read a few chapters at the airport, but reading on the plane had me feeling a little nauseous, so I put the book away. While in Texas, I mostly watched Netflix at the hotel (Friday Night Lights, because when in Texas... am I right?). When I got back home, I stuck the book on the shelf and forgot about it.
I picked the book up again about a month ago to continue reading it, just because I wanted to start reading more. I finally finished it last night while waiting at the doctor's office.
The book is written from the viewpoint of Madison Spencer, a prepubescent teen who is killed and goes to Hell, only to get stuck back on earth in ghost-form after missing her midnight curfew on Halloween. The chapters are written as blog posts from Madison, with an occasional post from what I can only assume is the Devil himself.
Most of the book is written about the past, but occasionally jumps to the present, causing a bit of confusion. Most of the information Madison provides seems irrelevant and never really connects with the rest of the book.
I felt as if I was reading to get to the end, but the end seems to approach rapidly, as if about three-quarters through the book, everything decides to wrap up and takes a wicked turn for the worst.
While I'm usually incredibly intrigued by Palahniuk's novels, I didn't feel impressed with this one. It will give you the shock-factor and easily offend you as most Palahniuk stories do. I just didn't enjoy this one very much.