Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
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“A wild amphetamine ride through the vagaries of fame and the nature of belief.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Tender Branson—last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into Flight 2039’s recorder. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah. Unpredictable and unforgettable, Survivor is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak: a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world.

About Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the best-selling novels Fight Club, Survivor, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Damned, and many other works of fiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Published March 21, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 306 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Probably he would have spent his life keeping house for the yuppie vulgarians who took him in, but an FBI raid on the Creedish Church compound in Nebraska resulted in a mass suicide within the cult.

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Branson's spookily matter of fact account of his bizarre experiences does not excite tension until the narrative is well under way, but the novel picks up momentum during the homestretch when Branson goes on the lam with Fertility and his murderous brother Adam, and the story steamrolls toward it...

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Entertainment Weekly

Tender Branson, messianic cult leader-turned-media superstar, is the sole passenger on a hijacked plane that will crash when it runs out of fuel.

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Suite 101

Rhoda and Samuel each have problems but together they could be successful..

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Curious Book Fans

Very little of the world that we see through Tender’s eyes is a world that we would recognise – in fact, the Creedish cult is the most normal part of the book.

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Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5