What a way to end an incredible reading year. Tender is the Flesh, by Agustina Bazterrica is one of the best books I’ve read to date.
Quick summary: a dystopian world where animal meat is contaminated with a deadly virus and human cannibalism is legal. This is all you need to know going into this one and quite frankly, going in blind is the best way to read this one.
First of all, this is the shortest book I read this year. Right around 200 pages so I got through this incredibly quick, but wow does it pack one heck of a punch. I’m literally sitting here after reading the last page with my jaw on the floor thinking, “WTF DID I JUST READ”?!?!
Disturbing. Offensive. Grotesque. Vile. Unimaginable. But also…what if this were real life??! I devoured(no pun intended) every.last.word.
This is most definitely NOT a book for everyone, but personal morbid curiosity coupled with the author’s cutting prose kept me quickly turning the pages until the unexpected, shocking end. I’m absolutely fascinated by the barbaric nature of the human spirit and I felt like much of this story was a brilliant bit of social commentary. A lot of the scenes are graphic (hello, human cannibalism), so if you have a weak stomach or shudder at the thought of gore, don’t bother with this one.
The ending has me absolutely SHOOK. I’ll be processing everything I just read for a looooong time. For me personally, this was a really quick, unputdownable, stomach churning, thought provoking book. It checked every morbid box of mine and then some. SO good!
4.6 out of 5 stars
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