Jul 31, 2021EljayJohnson rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
As difficult to actually read as it was to put down. There's no intricate world-building in this horrific dystopia; instead there's unrelenting and highly detailed descriptions of the centerpiece of this new society - raising humans for consumption and the normalization, government-regulation, profitable marketing, and social acceptance of cannibalism. This is a parable about dehumanization; what we're currently doing and the road we're on as we as a society (too often easily) make "other" of the poor, the marginalized, black and brown people, etc. ("I need more dark skin!" says the owner of a human processing plant.) While our protagonist is sympathetic, Bazterrica give us no quarter. Everyone has their price.