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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.

©2017 Agustina Bazterrica. English language translation ©2020 Pushkin Press Limited. Originally published in Argentina in 2017 by Alfaguara as Cadáver Exquisito. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Audible, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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An exquisite (albeit terrifying) read

This was a masterful book. I think it is easy to fall into a trap with a book so brutal, that the violence becomes THE point of the plot, rather than a necessary tool to make a much more sophisticated observation. Yes, you need to have some steel nerves to go through the depictions of violence, however I think it is most definitely worth it...

The book makes you think and it makes you feel a LOT of very, very uncomfortable things. I am awed, disturbed, and fascinated with the horrible, yet eerily tangible vision the author created for us.

Also, I cannot understand how someone could NOT appreciate the ending of this book. I think it was spectacular - very well executed and oh so perfect in strengthening the main point.

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Uhhhhhhh....

I don't even know what to say. Well written. The story draws you in. The ending is almost Shakespearean in nature. A disturbingly honest commentary on human nature. Horrific in its possible accuracy.

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Torture Porn with no great plot - hard pass

I finished this book and was so angry that I struggled through all of the awful human torture writing only to be let down by an unsatisfactory ending after a predictable and not at all interesting plot. So not worth it. Listened to it at 1.5 speed and it still seemed too slow.

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Woah

This book is dark and disgusting, yet does a perfect job making everything that's wrong seem normal and to me that is the scariest part.

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Meh

Story is decent enough for you to finish but it just didn't do much for me.

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Not for the weak

Omg 😳 it’s twisted if you want to feel like you’re gonna vomit for an entire book and then at the end go what the ever living what this is for you. This is not for the weak. A solid read but not for the weak

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Unique

The narrator is excellent. The story isn't particularly original but it is told in a matter of fact tone that makes it quite poignant. It'll be in my head for quite awhile.

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For sure a horror story.

This book was so detailed and upsetting. The feelings I got when I saw a cattle slaughter house in my 10th grade Ag class was repeated with this story. Was it a good story? Yes. Was it something that I will suggest to someone? No. You definitely have to have a stomach for this one.

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Weird

This is like Animal Farm, but more disturbing. I enjoyed the narrator a lot and the story was shocking.