About a week ago I finished reading Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk. I had previously read a few books by the author, including Rant and Lullaby. While unique, Survivor lacked the technique of Rant yet, in my opinion, was an improvement on Lullaby. If you’ve read anything by Chuck Palhinuik before, this book also has his unique and distinct style.
Plot (possibly spoilers)
In Survivor, Tender Branson, the product of the Creedish Cult District, must find a way to truly live. Since childhood he was brought up to serve the church district, only to have them all kill themselves in The Deliverance. He is [nearly] the last remaining member of the cult, and as a result he is thrust into stardom. He, using his friend's ability, predicts the future periodically to the world. The entire story is recounted by Tender Branson as he is 20,000 feet in the air in a hijacked airplane.
In general, I liked Survivor, though it wasn’t as fast-paced as I would have liked. However, rarely are Palhinuik’s books fast-paced. He instead focuses on technique, which he does quite well. I would recommend this book to anyone if you’re looking for something new or something unique.