Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
So I’m clearly still in a pinkish mood but I wanted to flag up this novel that I’m currently getting stuck into. If you’re familiar with my reading tastes, you know I’m always after some good speculative fiction/dystopia (some of my faves include Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury amongst many, many more). When this one was recommended to me by a trusted source, I had to get myself a copy and I have to say, I’m hooked. I hadn’t actually read any @sophmackintosh before — her debut novel, The Water Cure, was long listed for the @thebookerprizes and received huge critical acclaim — and is there anything better than finding a new author you love?
Set in a nebulous time, the book centres around Calla. Like all girls, on the day of her first period, she must report to the station for the lottery where she will receive a ticket. White — grants you children. Blue — grants you freedom. You get your ticket and you live your life accordingly.
But what if your ticket is wrong? Or, it feels wrong to you and you can’t quash those feelings?
Has anyone else read any @sophmackintosh? Thus far, I really recommend this. A fascinating premise and sparse but beautiful writing ~ S