REVIEW: Tender is the Flesh

We made it to the weekend y’all!
Are you looking for a book that will make you super uncomfortable? Dystopian and super creepy? I mean 2021 hasn’t been crazy enough yet, right?


“I don’t get why a person’s smile is considered attractive. When someone smiles they are showing off their skeleton.”


This book is what you’d get if you locked Margaret Atwood and Stephen King in a room with a bottle of tequila and told them they couldn’t leave until they were done writing.

When I picked up a dystopian book about cannibalism, I thought I knew what I was getting into but boy was this more than just a dark journey. It had the poignance of Fahrenheit 451, the humanitarian abuse of A Handmaid’s Tale and the gore of American Psycho. I’m not sure how to express how much I enjoyed this book other than to list off the other 5 star reads that it evoked for me. That said, it was completely unique.

Marcos is a bit of a plant boss at the meat processing plant that is now processing humans. At the beginning of the story he is resigned to carrying out his job well. We follow him as he experiences all of the levels of how humans have been turned into a viable food source in a world where animals have been found fatal to eat. These scenes are intense and sometimes hard to read. When he is given a “head”, essentially a human deemed only good enough for consumption, we see how his point of view begins to change.

This book is not so much a cautionary tale as much as a study on grief and its impact on humanity. Beautifully written, this one is a modern classic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Creepy question for you today, in a cannibalism situation would you rather eat or be eaten? 🤣🤣🤣

~ Dana

Published by openmypages

I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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