Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 400 pages.

Those Above - Daniel Polansky

 

The punishment for rebellion was the stake, a sharpened piece of wood shoved from rectum to throat, the victim left to bleed out, though most died of shock before the operation was finished. This would be the lot of the starving men in the canyon below - quite the price to pay for the safety of their families.

 

Ugh don't know if I want to read this next bit. I hope there isn't too much detail.