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Doomed Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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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."
"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."
"Palahniuk’s fans will surely be pleased..."
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In classic Palahniuk style, the book opens with a bang and had me hooked right away. I’ll spare you the plot details because quite frankly it would be rude of me to spoil the fun. Nothing in this novel is what it seems and the twists and turns come rapid-fire. I planned on reading a few chapters before bed one night and ended up devouring the book in one sitting. It’s full of action and packed with deftly created characters that both intrigued me and rubbed me the wrong way. Everyone is flawed, but everyone is interesting. Nobody comes out on the other side unscathed.
So, sit down, buckle up, and get ready for a wild ride. The book is crazy in every way, but it’s a ton of fun.
All in all, I liked it mostly because it gave me a lot more insight as to the life of Madison and how she ended up in hell, giving me a little more closure that the previous book did.
[Potential spoiler alert] However, I felt like a lot of the events that you learn about Madison's past in this book don't really connect to her character in the first book. For example, her Grandmother and Mother speaking to the telemarketer and her Grandfather telling her that they receive calls from a 'Guardian Angel' and that she will have to fight a battle between good and evil... you don't get the sense that she knew this in the first book even though she should. So it's a little hard to connect her character between the two books in that respect. But again... I read the books so far apart that maybe it's just my memory mistaking me.