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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Heart of Swine is a work of fiction in the comedy subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Freddy F Fonseca. It is inspired by the frantic attempts of ordinary people to turn back environmental catastrophe all whilst corporations flatten rainforests at a rate of acres per minute. Following the adventures of Captain Grunter – the last remaining pig who has somehow gained superpowers – the final few steps toward catastrophe have been taken. Now it’s up to Captain Grunter and his friends to try to stop the disaster, but only if they can turn the tide of human indifference to the damage they’ve caused.
One of the best methods around for delivering a scathing critique of your own society and having it be listened to rather than quickly dismissed is to make it funny. People accept jokes about their own shortcomings a lot more easily than straight criticism, and this is a strategy that Freddy F Fonseca has mastered to full effect in this work. The prose doesn’t waste an ounce of the comedic potential that the setting offers, nor does it ever lose the darkness that underlines the whole piece. It constantly reminds us that whilst the exploits of Captain Grunter are amusing enough, the fact is that rendering a species extinct is a pretty normal Tuesday for us. Overall, Heart of Swine is a witty and clever critique of the societal attitudes that allow corporate entities to run amok and destroy our world and is cunning enough never to make the bitter pill it offers its readers too hard to swallow.