Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
The book is available on Amazon
Survivor is definitely not for everyone. Palahniuk became famous with his novel-turned major motion picture Fight Club. This novel successfully carries the torch of sarcasm, pessimism, and dark humor. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this novel. Read that again. The first half of this story was very well executed, and then the second half of the book spirals into an absurd tangent that ultimately leaves the reader wondering why they are continuing to read. I won’t ruin the plot for you; if you’d like to find a plot review you can easily find one of those online with a quick search. What I will do is say that for the first half of this novel our main character, Tender Branson, is nothing short of brilliant. He’s brilliant in quirky and amusing ways, and yet he’s so horribly naive it’s actually hard to imagine at the same time. If you’ve ever read anything by Palahniuk then you will feel perfectly comfortable after even the first page of this novel. If you’re new to Palahniuk then you may be in for a new treat. That being said, do yourself a favor (I wish I had), just put the book down right around page 158 because after that it’s all downhill towards the ridiculous ending.