Adjustment Day (Hardcover)

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Startlingly relevant and endlessly entertaining, Chuck Palahniuk’s Adjustment Day will have you gasping, weeping, shaking in your booties and clenching the arms of your chair in anticipation. It is present-day America and things are bleak. A youth bulge - an influx of young males saturating the population - is making lawmakers and high-standing government officials nervous. Volatile and hungry for glory, youth bulges have been responsible for every economic downfall, bloody revolution, and mass tragedy in the history of the world. In an effort to cull this dangerous demographic, WWIII will be signed into existence right under the noses of the general public and bevies of young men will be sent to their bloody deaths. Little does the government know that a book has been circulating, “Adjustment Day,” and that it’s inciting anger and rebellion in the very youth they plan to massacre. Soon, Adjustment Day will be upon them, and there is nothing they can do to stop it.


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People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

Adjustment Day, the author's first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.

Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:

Imagine there's no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.

The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they've shirked theirs.

A smile is your best bulletproof vest.

When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393652598
ISBN-10: 0393652599
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English