Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the Creedish Death Cult, has commandeered a Boeing 747. Emptied of its passengers and cruising on autopilot somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, he dictates his incredible life story to the plane's black box.
Before the plane crashes into the vast Australian outback, he will unfold the tale of his upbringing by the repressive cult and unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish humble domestic servant, to the moment he found himself suddenly famous when his fellow cult members all committed suicide, to his life as an ultra buffed, steroid and collagen-packed media messiah; author of a bestselling autobiography, 'Saved From Salvation', and the even better selling 'Book Of Very Common Prayer (The Prayer to Delay Orgasm, The Prayer to Prevent Hair Loss, The Prayer to Silence Car Alarms). He'll even share his insight that "the only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage", and deny responsibility for the Tender Branson Sensitive Materials Landfill - a 20,000-acre repository for the nation's outdated pornography.
'Survivor' is a black and telling satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world. It is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak, and along with his bestseller 'Fight Club', it marks him as a blazing talent for the new millennium.
Survivor is the exploration of a fantastic premise What happens when you get left out of a mass suicide The protagonist is the last remaining member of a cult which is a strange mix of Amish and the Hale Bopp death cult. He has commandeered a Boeing 747 and things dont look good. Part examination of the all-encompassing media-obsessed society, part impending train-wreck catastrophe, Survivor is another gem from Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk. Reviewed by 19aw