As the author brings up in the forward of this novella, hippo ranching was almost a thing in the states. Congress in the 20th Century was looking for a resolution to the meat shortage in America and, to your disgust as well as mine, hippos were on the menu.
HIPPO, IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER.
HIPPO, THE OTHER OTHER WHITE MEAT.
Honey, what're we having tonight for dinner? Oh, sweetums, I am going to make some bacon wrapped asparagus with a hollandaise sauce and throw some hippo filets on the grill.
Luckily, that was thrown out and we are able to enjoy cows and pigs because, as we all know, they are just oh so delicious.
As far as the story goes, there is a lot to like here. A gang of criminals is given a job, which pays handsomely, to corral a large group of feral hippopotami in the Mississippi bayou. Low and behold, crap starts going down, people start losing their minds, and hippos start feasting on some human flesh.
It's just wonderful and bloody and explosive.
Gailey has done well with her debut novella and I am looking forward to the next installment in this little duet. I will say that there are a couple of things that felt a little forced but they don't detract from the overall story. This is an easy book to pick up, a quick read at only 179 pages, and a lot of fun throughout.
I want to say thank you to Tor.com for the proof copy and to Sarah Gailey for making hippos cool again.
You can purchase River of Teeth (River of Teeth #1) over on Amazon