The Manchurian Candidate meets South Park—Chuck Palahniuk’s finest novel since the generation-defining Fight Club.
In a time of heightened security, more threats of terror, and more terror attacks, what does Chuck Palahniuk do? He comes out with a satire about a group of terrorist teenagers coming to the United States.
Pygmy is a member of a teenage terrorist group from an unnamed country posing as foreign exchange students to infiltrate American households. Their final goal is to take over and destroy the country. With a pre-made agenda, fierce military-esque training, and very poor English-speaking skills, Pygmy sets out to impregnate his host family sister, all part of the plan to take over and destroy. An awkward existence and lack of typical American social skills hinders his ability to carry out the plan.
The plans start coming together and everything is in place. But it’s a group of teenagers-extremely violent highly trained teenagers, but still teenagers. It can’t possibly go as planned, can it?
The first few pages of Pygmy make you feel as though you’ve stepped off a plane in a country that you can’t pronounce the name of. But get used to being in that said country, and Pygmy will take you on a hilarious ride full of social commentary on terror, religion, and the seriously screwed up American mom-dad-2.5 child family.
Chuck On Pygmy
The lead character is a 13-year-old foreign exchange student sent to live with a suburban, white, middle-class family. Oh, and they're Christians. The visit is for six months, and he's one of a dozen similar kids, all shipped to America to live with typical families. The secret truth is that Pygmy is a terrorist, trained since infancy in martial arts, chemistry and radical hatred of the United States. He has six months to build a prize-winning project for the National Science Fair. If he succeeds, he and his project will go to Washington, D.C. for the finals competition -- where the project will explode, killing millions. So far, Gerry Howard says it's the best book I've done. Fingers crossed for luck.