Book Review: Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk


Madison Desert Flower Rosa Parks Coyote Trickster Spencer has been expelled from Hell. THROUGH NO FAULT OF HER OWN, mind you. Madison, 13 for the rest of eternity, was minding her own business until she was brutally murdered by her sociopathic-adopted-brother, Golan, and sent to the fiery pits of Hell (due to some serious character flaws of her own). 

After 8 months in Hell, she became a force to be reckoned with. She made excellent connections, as a child of mega-famous parents would, and got the attention of Satan himself. However, the attention isn't altogether wanted. 

When we leave Madison in Damned, Satan has informed her that she is entirely his creation. She is simply a character in a book that he calls her pathetic existence. Madison is released to Earth with her friends on Halloween - as all the eternally damned are - and misses her curfew due to some hellish-intervention, keeping her trapped as a ghost for the next 365 days. 

Oh, Chuck, your mind is a very dangerous thing. The meat of Doomed is short stories about the characters life. The plot itself seems to be an afterthought. Yet, I do suggest this book if you enjoy the weird. 

This seems completely different than Damned and I would suggest that if you don't care to read Damned that you don't have to in order to enjoy Doomed. Damned is breakfast club in hell. Doomed is something completely different. At times, it reminds me a great deal of Rant (also written by Palahniuk), which I loved. At others its a mix between pure Chuck goodness and digressions that could have been skipped. 

Amazing quotes: 

"Jesus Christ made the best fake boyfriend ever."

"How could you ever bring yourself to love so deeply if you truly knew how brief a lifetime can be?"

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