Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm. She has an apartment, but no love life. When C. Linus Maxwell, a mega-billionaire and international playboy, invites her to dinner and then whisks her off to a hotel in Paris, where he brings her to undreamed-of heights of sexual gratification for days on end, Penny is, well, pleased. However, when Penny discovers she is a test subject for a line of female sex toys so effective that women by the millions are lining up outside the stores to buy it on opening day, she understands the gravity the situation. A billion husbands are about to be replaced. What is Maxwell really up to? Erotically enabled world domination? Penny sets out to discover his motivations, and with a little help, stop him before it is too late… (via Amazon)

Chuck Palahniuk´s “Beautiful You” has a twisted (as it should be) version of “50 Shades of Grey” as plotline, but has as well a far more interesting and social political comments to it. The book suggests that women pays the price for male inventiveness and the desire of men to control women and the empowerment of women to resist that control is the main theme. The conspiracy to globally enslave women via technology and sex is a form of dictatorship with an unusual form and shape. The book also explores the changing role of women in society and the constant battle of the sexes. It´s satirical and built on massmedias generalisation of women and its stereotypes. As always Palahniuk manages to add other social political comments such as consumerism, branding, advertising, corrupt politicians, greedy and controlling men etc. It´s graphical in its language and that adds to the books greatness in my point of view. The book is written in a “light” way on topics of a global concern, but I personally think this is Palahniuk back in shape after the weaker “Doomed”.

beautiful you