Monday, October 7, 2013

(81)Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk


Pages: 336
Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Madison Spencer is not your typical thirteen year old girl.  First of all she is dead.  She died on her thirteenth birthday and it was a fluke revenge thing on Halloween that left Madison roaming Purgatory, a place you and I know as Earth.   Madison does what any thirteen year old ghost does, she goes to the place she identifies with being home,for her it is a penthouse in New York City.  But, instead of finding her parents grieving their loss, she runs into the ghost of her deceased Grandmother and discovers that her father is an adulterer.   Being dead is not the only unique thing about Madison, she is also the daughter of wolves, aka celebrities. Their unique, nomadic lifestyle is not really conducive to great parenting, not to mention the fact that they sold their souls to Satan long ago.   So rather than parent her, they choose to send her off to upstate New York with her grandparents, where a tragedy so horrific occurs that it scars Madison for the rest of her short life.  As Madison roams the Earth she reflects on her short life and the events that led to her death and she comes to the realization that she was really Doomed from the very beginning.

Anyone who is familiar with the works of  Chuck Palahniuk knows that my summation was very whitewashed.   Don't be misled by a thirteen year old protagonist, Doomed is a very dark novel. To be blunt, Madison is a little shit and was not well liked by anyone, including her very own parents.   There are some really graphic, really dark scenes that take place while Madison is with her grandparents.  Like jaw-dropping scenes, but I would expect nothing less from Chuck Palahniuk.  There was a point early on in the book where I realized that I was reading some exceptional writing.  Palahniuk has such a descriptive way of writing that you forget you are reading about something dark and scary.

Bottom line, I am not sure how I made it this long without reading something by such a popular, prolific author. I am glad that I read Doomed, it was a great novel, but be very aware that this novel is not for anyone with a weak stomach.  But, if you are looking for something to get you in the Halloween mood, then this one might be just for you.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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