My Review of “The Fatness” by Mark A. Rayner

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The Fatness

by Mark A. Rayner (Goodreads Author)

4.35  ·   Rating details ·  17 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews

Keelan Cavanaugh is fat. That’s why the government put him in prison.

They placed him in a Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC), where trained staff work to help him and many others slim down. Well, that was the intention, anyway. The powers that be had decided chubby citizens must either go there or lose their health care coverage.

When he meets Jacinda Williams, an activist lawyer researching this new system, Keelan is more determined than ever to slim down. But Keelan discovers losing weight is more difficult than it seems, especially when he also has to fight against a ridiculous bureaucracy and policy wonks with hidden agendas. Can he succeed, and will the CRC-crossed lovers ever sit at love’s banquet together?

From award-winning author Mark A. Rayner, The Fatness is a contemporary satire of socialism, capitalism, and the so-called “obesity epidemic”. This is Catch-22 for a new generation, with a distinctly tender undertone, even as it mercilessly spoofs the establishment



Expected publication: November 17th 2017 by Mark A. Rayner





I have to give credit to Mark A. Rayner, author of “The Fatness” for his unusual and unique way of addressing the problem of obsesity. The genres for this novel are satire, dark humor, wit, fiction and suspense. This novel takes place in present time in Canada, where socialized medicine is practiced.


In this novel of fiction, the government has decided that anyone with a BMI of 30 or more will not get health insurance unless they go to “Caloried Restriction Centres”.(CRI) The premise is that trained professionals would work with these overweight “Clients”. Please keep in mind that this is the working of a government. In a blurb from the description of the book, “ The Fatness” is a contemporary satire of socialism,capitalism, and the so-called obsesity epidemic.”


The author describes the characters as complicated and complex. Some have evil intentions, and are greedy. Keenlan Cavanaugh is considered obsese with a BMI of 30-31. He has been in the CRI for two years. He does get to meet an attorney, Jacinda Williams, and sparks fly. There are constant changes in the CRI, and there is also a criminal element that is bringing in McDonald’s, and anything if you have money.


Does it appear that the CRI doesn’t want their clients to leave? After another group takes over from the government, the BMI requirements go down to 29. There are armed guards securing the location. Are the “clients” now inmates?


In this book  the author describes that it is not advisable or generally the case that “normal weight” people would want to be with overweight people. There are references to discrimination, the thin vs. the fat people in society. The only fat people that are not part of this system are the one’s that can afford private health insurance.


These inmates cannot leave the premises and are treated like criminals. There are some surprises and twists and turns.


This book would be for readers who have a dark sense of humor and appreciate satire and the symbolism in this book. I received an ARC of this book for my honest review.


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