"Are you there, Satan? It's me, Madison," declares the sharp-tongued thirteen-year-old narrator at the beginning of each and every chapter. Madison is both so attention and affection-starved that she craves it, even from the Devil himself. I really liked this novel, and found Palahniuk's venture into the mind of an awkward yet intelligent adolescent girl quite interesting. I think he pulled it off. Madison Spencer is an appealing character and I was quite satisfied following her on her (mis)adventures.
If you're a Palahniuk fan than you won't be as shocked with the style or content of his writing, and if you're not well, I think the paragraphs above should prepare you at least. Damned is much like Palahniuk's other works in that the novel focuses on a central character who finds themselves in an out-of-the-ordinary circumstance that they must in some way or another conquer to move forwards. Damned paints a picture of an afterlife like no other, and so it is with great anticipation that I await the sequel, Doomed, due for release in October, 2013.
Put Damned high up on your 'to-read' list. Come on, give in to the intrigue.