The Book Bag (#8): The Savages

Hello and welcome to The Book Bag! Today, we’re reaching all the way to the bottom! Come, have a bite to eat. We’re serving up something very tasty. Oh, yes, it is delicious. That odd taste? Simply some oregano. That sharp part? That’s not a bone! I think that’s just undercooked broccoli. Also, surprise! You’ve been eating…my famous mashed potatoes! Unlike the protagonists of this book, I do not practice “evolved eating.”


To imagine the family in this book, just think of the Addams family and modernize them slightly. Also, take out the weird house, odd servants, and kooky inventions. Just add in some expensive silverware and shady business dealings. Got it? Good! Today, we’re going over The Savages! They are a family who practices cannibalism, but they despite that word. The Savages prefer to think of it as “evolved eating.” Unfortunately, their daughter is dating a vegetarian and might become one. To add to their familial woes, Ivan has accidentally killed someone with a “harmless” prank meant for his sister. A private investigator has been tailing them, so they really don’t need that at the moment.


I must admit, this book actually made me feel sympathy for the main characters, despite them killing and eating other people.The grandfather had a relatively good reason for doing so, he just couldn’t stop. When he revealed his secret to his (child) son and when his (now adult) son revealed the secret to his wife, they were hooked. The situations are clever and well-written. Bt the time the book ended, despite the ending being revealed at the beginning, I felt disappointed. I missed the Savages. My only complaint would be to my library for placing in the children’s section. There’s some adult references, specifically, some words that I do not want to repeat.


Thankfully, as I was doing some research, I found out that there was a sequel. Strangely enough, that happened the last time I reviewed a current book that I read. (Suck It Up by Brian Meehls. You should read the book and my review. Or, just the book.) This morbidly hilarious tale is definitely worth a read!


I’m Zachary Krishef, and have an excellent day!


The Savages by Matt Whyman


Reviewed by Zachary Krishef


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Next Time: Another horror book, this time recommended to me by someone!



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