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It all happened so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus and their meat became poisonous. Then, governments initiated the Transition. Now, 'special meat' - human meat - is legal. 

Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans, only no one calls them that. He works with numbers, consignments, processing. One day, he's given a gift to seal a deal: a specimen of the finest quality. He leaves her in his barn, tied up, a problem to be disposed of later. 

But the specimen haunts Marcos. Her trembling body, her eyes that watch him, that seem to understand. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost - and what might still be saved...

©2020 Agustina Bazterrica (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Disturbingly good.

Trigger warnings for animal abuse & rape.

Marcos works in one of the processing plants & his good at his job, but he is also dealing with the death of his son, breakdown of his marriage, his fathers ailing health & now a 'head' (woman) has been gifted to him. The story tells how humans are now farmed for meat & the legalities of the process. But the woman gifted to Marcos is now a problem.

This book is disturbing from beginning right up until the very last moment. Is told very well & made me cringe quiet a few times in all the right ways. Stuck with me after I had finished.

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  • 25-03-2021

Shocking, brutal and fantastic writing

I binge listened to this novel in two days. I don't want to spoil things so all I will say is I found it dark, gory and frightening as it shines a mirror on humans and the awful things we do to "livestock".

The pacing is superb. It left me with a feeling of horror and of the ground crumbling beneath me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-2020

wow

the most thought provoking book I have ever listened to/read. there's little that disturbs me but this book did and that takes some going. such a deep story when you compare every part of it to the slaughter of our beautiful animals. thank you for an amazing book

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  • Lewis
  • 30-04-2021

Excellent storytelling and narration, not to be missed!

Excellent narration, I felt totally engaged the whole way through. I particularly enjoyed the ending and did not see it coming!

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  • Mr & Mrs Welch
  • 09-04-2021

Woahhh

This book broaches the essence of a proper, unyielding, and brutal dystopia. It represents a theme obviously explored before in fiction, but it is delivered in a uniquely bleak, violent, and tragic way. I won't give anything away, but I'll just say it's not for the faint of heart. The narration is beautifully delivered, and captures the essence of where the action happens so well. This is an unforgettable audiobook.

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