I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted. I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections. See some that I have already posted here.
The newest Palahniuk novel concerns Madison, a thirteen year old girl who finds herself in Hell, unsure of why she will be there for all eternity, but tries to make the best of it.
The author described the novel as “if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume.” And “it’s kind of like The Breakfast Club set in Hell.”
Chuck Palahniuk is my absolute favorite author, which says a lot because I love me some books! I read Damned while I was on vacation in Las Vegas attending the ALA conference. This book is hilarious, and dark just like his other novels. The main character Madison, wakes up in hell. She isn’t surprise, since her parents are less than stellar, and aren’t religious. She finds her self in a sort of jail cell in hell. Madison, and her nearby jail mates, leave the cells, and explore hell. The landscape of hell that Chuck Palahniuk has come up with, is disgusting, and funny. Madison ends up with a job at a call center (the only other job was porn star), calling people during dinner, just to rile them up. She ends up talking to all the sad and lonely people, and telling them she is in hell, and they should look her up when she dies. She ends up with many followers, and together they traverse hell, so that Madison can confront Satan. Along the way, she battles and defeats, many people you would expect to see in hell, including Hitler, and their armies follow her to the next battle.
If you have read any of his other books, you will love this book. I highly recommend reading this, and all of his other books. They are gritty, funny, and unexpected.