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The Inferior by Peadar Ó Guilín
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Mar 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopia-or-postapocalyptic, fiction, ya, science-fiction
Read in March, 2012

Cannibals, cannibals, cannibals!

Now that I've got your attention... Yes, this book does contain cannibalism. It takes place in a world that, at first glance, seems like a combination of alternate sci-fi world with a stone-age human society. What does that mean, you ask? Well, there are plenty of alien-like creatures living in the ruins of a long-past civilization, and the humans are all stone-age level, with lots of tools made of stone and bone. No one on the planet eats anything but flesh, and if the Tribe can't get enough through hunting they will trade the old, infirm, and injured with other races in exchange for meat. (This is kind of the equivalent of two groups having each other's grandmas for dinner. Get it? "Having" them for dinner?!?) If you die in battle and your corpse is recovered, it is considered a great honor to be able to "feed" your family. (That's where the cannibalism kicks in!) There are also round spaceship type items floating in the sky, and it quickly becomes apparent that the sky itself is like some sort of enormous jumbotron, leading us to the inevitable conclusion that someone somewhere has technology.

I don't want to go into too much detail about the plot because I felt it unfolded nicely, and also because you can get a good sense from the summary on the back of the book. It's a long book with a weird premise, but I like the characters and the world is so unique that I couldn't help but be interested in it. I'll definitely be reading the sequel.

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Traci I was thinking that you would like this too (ordering this and the sequel for the district). A book from a cannibal's point of view? Yes please!

Meagan Yeah, it sounds insane. Right up my alley!

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Erin As I said, your (borderline insane) smile says it all.

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