Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, continues the adventures in the afterlife begun in Damned. Having somewhat reluctantly escaped from Hell, she now wanders the Purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny (to us, anyway) encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in upstate New York when she…oh, never mind, and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.
Miss Riki’s Review:
Written in the form of blog posts from the afterlife, Doomed tells the tale of everyone’s favorite snarky thirteen-year-old, Madison Spencer, as she is caught between Earth and Hell in a sort of Purgatory. The voice is everything you’ve grown to love about Palahniuk, and Madison is delightfully sarcastic and pretty much pissed off for the length of the novel. But isn’t that how we all love her? Her witty observations about the world around her are what make these books so wonderful, and there’s no lack of wry humor and biting satire in this second installment of the Damned series.
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.