Tender Is the Flesh

$16

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans —though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing.

Then one day he’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.

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02/20/2022
Emily
United States United States

Disturbing but worth it

Yucky subject matter. In fact it's probably the most disturbing thing I've ever consumed. That being said, I did not put it down and the writing was compelling. It was thought provoking for sure but do not read if you have a weak stomach.

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