REVIEW: Survivor

As discussed in my reviews for Another Roadside Attraction & Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk and I have had a long and turbulent relationship. After reading 5 novels of Palahniuk’s with the hope of rekindling our initial love affair which began with Fight Club, I finally found a work that justifies the special and twisted place he holds in my heart.

Survivor, stemming from another warped and satirical Palahniuk premise, has a sensitivity and depth to it, which engages the reader nailing you to your seat from beginning to end.

At the center of this nosedive of a novel is our protagonist, Tender Branson; a misplaced soul, with an intriguing and disturbing narrative. Branson, one of Palahniuk’s strongest characters, worms his way into your mind, gets you hooked, and then heartbroken when you have to part ways.

I expect to weep upon finishing a Hemingway; I never expected to weep when finishing a Palahniuk.

Welcome back to my heart, Chuck.

Rating: 4 Black Boxes


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