The Auction by Tom Galvin

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This is a dystopia that does not read like one. I want to begin the review by stating why I am rating it the way I am. I found the book sluggish to get through. By the time I finished, I really enjoyed the experience, but I think it could have been shorter. I would have rated it a whole star higher if that had been the case.
The time is the US in a not-so-distant future where people’s lives are what companies bid on. Their eventual prosperity is the profit that companies hope for. This idea is taken to the extreme with health and behaviour also factoring into the narrative. Our main narrative voice is Sasha Cross, a child artist with a famous mother whom she, unfortunately (for her), resembles. We have people directly connected to her and others who are not as close.
We are given a very believable scenario of the public outcry that several years of this process would obviously instigate. What happens next is partly expected and partly not. I liked the book and would read another by the author. But as I mentioned earlier, it took a while for the story to settle into a groove that I liked, which is a personal preference. I would recommend this book to the more serious, economical dystopian fans.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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