The Butcher by Alan Kessler (Book Review #574)

The butcher is a young adult novel written in a post-apocalyptical world. The story is about The butcher being the leader of a superior race killing pigs with the intention that they are evil and they are here to destroy their race. Whoever joins the leader in doing so, eating the pig or watch the slaughter is, therefore, part of the tribe and the ones against it are race pretenders.

The story begins with Mikkel being one to slaughter a pig and finds it hard to do so. This is where I believe makes the book fundamentally unique. By displaying Mikkel as a unit that defies the norm and the butcher’s policies and customs, he questions their actions, and that is where the story turns.


I found the book to be politically relevant to the situation we live today. There are many examples we could relate in history that could represent a similar storyline in history and examples that could be used now today. I commend the author for being so talented and skillful and recommend this story to people who like to read stories that are race related, or politically inclined. The work is also an excellent source of material for young adult readers that enjoy realist stories. There is a sequel to this story, which makes it even more exciting to see what happens.

Written by Jeyran Main

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