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Damned (2011) introduced us to 13-year-old Madison Spencer, newly arrived in Hell after her death; as she tried to figure out what exactly happened to her, she took us on an exciting and often very funny tour of Hell. Now, in the sequel, Madison is back on Earth, stranded there on Halloween, facing the prospect of spending an entire year as (shudder) a ghost among the living. Although not quite as entertaining as Damned—primarily because it lacks the first book’s hellish travelogue—the novel nicely continues Madison’s story, filling in a lot of the blanks in her life (we find out, for example, the real reason why she’s been damned) and exposing an ancient satanic plot that—believe it or not—has poor little Madison at its center. As with the first book, this one lives or dies on the appeal of its teenage narrator. On the face of it, Spencer isn’t the most likable of girls: she’s self-centered, in-your-face, and almost too aggressively clever for her own good—but so was Holden Caulfield. She’s a compelling character, and she drives a novel that will resonate from the get-go with Palahniuk’s many fans. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Palahniuk’s 12 novels have sold more than five million copies in the U.S. His latest will profit from both traditional print publicity and an extensive social-media campaign. --David Pitt


Praise for DOOMED:

"If you only read one book this year about a dead teenager posting on message boards about playing supernaturalist and tempting Satan’s wrath, let it be this one."

"...A grand, funny, troubling and rewarding read, and personally, I can't wait for the third of the trilogy. Damaged? Delighted? Devilled? Doubted? Simply Dead? Maddie is my new post-alive heroine."
The Guardian

"Those who aren't frightened by the lurid littering of gutter humor and oozing bodily fluids will find in Doomed a master satirist and culture critic at the height of his bold, anarchic powers."
Nashville Scene

"Palahniuk’s fans will surely be pleased..."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385533039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385533034
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chuck Palahniuk's novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Lullaby, Survivor, Haunted, and Invisible Monsters. Portions of Choke have appeared in Playboy, and Palahniuk's nonfiction work has been published by Gear, Black Book, The Stranger, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the third installment.
I found this book much better than the previous, Damned, and overall a very good read.
At this point, I don't care what happens in the story.
Matthew Campbell

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Campbell on October 24, 2013
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I loved Damned. I read it in three days. Each and every scene of Palahniuk's Hell kept me turning pages, and Madison, although quirky, turned out to be a character that I enjoyed and even semi-cared about.

Now, take everything there is to love about Damned, and burn it.

In Damend, Chuck pushed the narrative to its absolute limit. The thirteen year old girl Madison was very clever, very intelligent, but she was still a thirteen year old girl. She narrated the story like a spoiled thirteen year old girl, had sexual tension like a thirteen year old girl, even told embarassing stories like a thirteen year old girl. She was, for lack of a better word, semi-believable.

In Doomed, Chuck pushes the narrative over the edge. Madison no longer narrates like a thirteen year old girl. Instead, she feels like a female Chuck Palahniuk standing on a soap box, pulling out all his tricks in his literary bag. The narrative is so bogged down in B.S. that it's unbearable to read. And, It's also very, very, very, very, very repetitive.

In Damned, Chuck made the story exciting with imagery, monsters, and clever parallels between the living and the dead. The comedy was top notch. Down and dirty, but funny.

In Doomed, Chuck traps Madison back on earth, and fills the pages with B.S. back story that only has a few interesting paragraphs. The comedy is sub-par, and in need of a good swift kick in the pants.

Honestly, I expected way more from Palahniuk than this heeping pile of useless paper. It seems most of his novels are very entertaining to read, and rarely do I find myself dreading to finish them. Doomed, however, falls into the latter category. As of right now I'm 155 pages in and can't wait for this to be over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 13, 2013
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Is it possible to base an entire novel on potty humor? Not many serious writers would have the audacity to try, and few of those would come as close to pulling it off as Chuck Palahniuk. Doomed, the sequel to Damned, is a send-up of religion, Hollywood parenting, and hypocrisy in all its guises. Humor of this nature is difficult to sustain, so it's fortunate that Doomed isn't overly long. Sometimes Palahniuk's satire is too over-the-top to be effective; other times it is spot on. Most of the time, Doomed is amusing. On occasion, it is outrageously funny.

Dead, fat thirteen-year-old Madison Spencer, the daughter of a billionaire tax dodging environmentalist father and a New Age actress mother, is experiencing a mid-death crisis. She suffers from postmortem depression and is blogging about it on her PDA. Satan has trapped her on Earth, in a sort of purgatory. By communicating with the predead, Madison has inadvertently inspired a new religion called Boorism that is based on cursing, belching, racial slurs, and ... well, you get the drift. As Madison blogs about her own predeath (her motto: "I irritate; therefore I am"), she reveals some truly awful and truly funny events from her childhood, including one that takes place in a public men's room. (Warning: Not everyone will find it funny. A taste for the macabre helps. And since the incident involves an erect member that the little girl mistakes for something quite different, some readers will find it offensive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover

Madison is back and is now guiding you with after-life etiquette though her blog postings on how to get into heaven. Except what she is telling you will actually bring you to a hotter afterlife. Through her brief stint in the telemarketing department of hell, she is posed to take over in a coup attempt that Satan would admire if he were not the victim. Realizing that being damned only takes a few steps, she reconnects with her parents and gives them the "secret" to the afterlife in hopes that the family can reunite. Except, she doesn't count on her parents' evangelistic take on her rules for salvation and in the process sends more people to hell than you can possibly imagine.

This second installment of the Damned trilogy continues Madison snarky take on life and the afterlife. At the core of her issues is that fact that no matter how bright and intelligent she is, she is still a twelve year old girl who only wants the love of her mommy and daddy. All this mixed with social commentary on global domination by conglomerates and you have a weird morality tale. I though Madison regressed a bit in this one and didn't see much of her strength like in Damned. I did learn a lot about her life on earth, some of which will make you wonder just exactly how she ended up in hell.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben on December 2, 2013
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Follow up to Damned so I had to keep going with the series. I found it to be an interesting story but Chuck went a bit far in some of descriptions. Overall I kept going and it all tied together. The conclusion kept me wanting to finish the series when the final book comes out to see what happens to Maddy Spencer and the world. If you liked Damned I would suggest reading Doomed you might be a bit let down but at the conclusion I think you will have enjoyed the book.
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