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Book Review: The Fatness by Mark A. Rayner

A Novel of Epic Portions

Genre: Dystopian/Satire
Number of Pages: 354
Publication Date: November 3, 2017

Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Weight Loss, Self-Esteem, Bullying, Imprisonment, Health, Restrictions, Socialism, Acceptance
To Learn More About the Book, Click: The Fatness on OBC Bookshelves

*This was part of the Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*

SynopsisHere comes a story where the government places those who are overweight and obese in the Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC). This is a place where the goal is for those not in the ideal BMI range to lose weight, or their health care coverage is lost. The biggest problem is once you’re in, it’s extremely difficult to be let out.

The reader meets Keelan. A lovable, sweet, sensitive, and determined young man who wants nothing more than to go back into the world and not be locked up. He especially wants to leave as his job is on the line. When he falls in love with the kind lawyer, Jacinda, his determination to leave increases more than ever. However, with the new regulations, will he ever be able to get out?

my review

When first diving in, I wasn’t sure to expect. I was a bit leery due this being classified as satire; I tend to not enjoy satirical stories. However, I was pleasantly surprised while reading. To be honest, I didn’t find much of the content humorous. It had more of a sad undertone, but still fairly light, if that makes sense. 

Most of the characters were likable and developed fairly well. The supporting ones were less developed, and sometimes this worked to the book’s advantage and sometimes it didn’t. One of the characters I’m thinking about is Jacinda’s ex-boyfriend/boss, Ballard. There didn’t really seem to be much redemption for him, so when his perspective came into play, I found myself not caring about his thoughts and wanting to skim over the reading material. However, I found Keelan’s character very likable and always found myself rooting for him and Jacinda! Jacinda was a complicated character, who though considered a “normie” and on the outside, still struggled with body issues and binge eating. She, along with Keelan, were heartbreaking and lovable characters. I loved their realistic relationship throughout.

The plot, for the most part, flowed well. With the exception of Ballard’s perspective and some odd dream sequences, it was easy to keep flipping the pages of this read. One of my favorite aspects of the plot was the facts and/or quotes the author included in between chapters. The facts about health, dieting, exercising, etc. were extremely interesting and made me think about certain myths that I’ve heard in the past.

As I have said before, the content was more sad to me than humorous. It was sad to read about the people who were overweight and/or obese to be treated with such indignity. I had a sister who had extreme low self-esteem issues due to her weight and I can’t even imagine how she would react if something like this happened…

Overall, the concept of the book was creative, captivating, and thought-provoking. It was simply a pleasure reading this book.

My Rating4 stars


I would recommend The Fatness to those who are comfortable reading about weight and self-esteem issues.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
17 out of 50 books for review for 2018

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