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December 21, 2010
Living in a world where men were treated like a rare commodity, Ethan Spears did what he could in order to survive. But when the proverbial rug was pulled out from under him, desperate measures called for desperate actions. To save his sister, he entered The Lottery, offering himself to one woman for a year.
Karlyn Bowman was a rebel in her family, choosing not to climb the corporate ladder in order to pursue her love of art. Lonely, ostracized by the family who should have loved her, she pushed forward trying to become a success. When her friend gives her a lottery ticket to cheer her up, she puts it aside and forgets it. Imagine her surprise when the knock came to her door and her life—and his—were changed forever.
I was a bit reluctant to read a story that was "futuristic" because I always find them so outside of the realm of what I think should happen. Yes I know a bit closed minded of me, so I decided to open myself up and read "The Lottery" which is set in 2110. It's about a world where men are outnumbered 20 to 1, and are a very hot commodity and now the earth is a woman dominated society. I thought to myself, well this could be interesting. And boy was it! This book was filled with strong characters, including the leading man Ethan, and yet while we at first get the feeling our heroine is mousy, she quickly comes out of her shell and gives as good as she gets. It was a great story about family and love, the things we do to ourselves, the sacrifices made for such things, and the cost is sometimes more then monetary.
I actually really enjoyed this book, and was surprised by how much I liked it. I think because the author didn't change the future to much, keeping things adjacent to the way of life now with only upgrades to technology. But mostly she focused on the story and the characters which were complex and well written. I'd be interested in more books by this author for sure!