Indie Review: Pigs by Johanna Stoberock
Pigs is a fable of greed, waste, and raw human choices. The Lord of the Flies meets The Maze Runner in Johanna Stoberock’s bizarre novel Pigs.
On an unknown island, six large, voracious pigs are the center of the story, where their purpose is to eat all the garbage that washes ashore. These pigs can literally devour anything and everything, including glass and even limbs. The garbage is brought to the pigs daily by four children, ages ranging from teen to toddler, who remember nothing of their pasts or how they came to the island. The children live in fear of the grown-ups who ruled over the island, known only by their greed and pure cruelty towards the children. The children’s life are soon changed by two people who appear on the shore among the garbage and everything changes.
Pigs depicts our world today with no filters – climate change, an ocean flooded with trash, and ruthless human actions. Johanna Stoberock’s Pigs is a vivid and cutting exploration of human neglect. It observes how our ignorance can snowball into irreversible destruction of our environment, our children, and our own humanity.
Article originally Published in the June/July 2020 Issue Summer Reads Edition.