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Set in the far future, Ration is an unflinching take on the ways society can both thrive and go wrong as the pressure to survive builds.

All the girls who live in the Apartments are forced to weigh their own hunger against the lives of the others living in the building. When Cynthia is wrongly accused of ordering an "A" ration, she punished by the other girls. Eventually, she is forced to leave the Apartments along with Ms. Glennoc, one of the former managers who has tormented and abused her for years. Together, they encounter a world of even more scarcity, but one filled with politics and intrigue. Cynthia struggles to return to the Apartments and help the girls who are still there.

Forced to reconcile her role in the destruction of these girls with the greater needs of society to find any sustainable source of calories, Ms. Tuttle makes one bad decision after another while she grapples with a mother who is growing more and more impatient with her mistakes.

Ration is a dark and forceful book, written in a surprisingly nuanced and accessible way. It combines the darkness and despair of The Road and The Handmaid's Tale, but has notes of charm like Lauren Oliver's Replica.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14mm | 313g
  • English
  • 1937009807
  • 9781937009809
  • 1,750,997

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"Cody Luff focuses a keen and perceptive eye on a dark future, imagining a world where survival impacts and exacerbates social pressures and human behavior. In Ration, he's found an interesting spot to take a pulse on a world we can recognize, perhaps too easily. Luff is a fresh, unique speculative voice who brings both imagination and meaning to his exploration of life and the human spirit."
-- Sidney Williams, author of Disciples of the Serpent

"Cody Luff's debut RATION is creepy, sci-lit brilliance. He administers a slow, suspenseful drip of horror, that grows like a pool of black ink until we are all part of his world. I will never forget this peculiar, stunning debut."
-- Tammy Lynne Stoner, award-winning author of Sugar Land

"Ration presents a world cloaked in a particular darkness--exploited women, bleeding bodies, empty bellies, fear, and survival. It is a testament to Cody Luff's skill as a writer that a pervasive sense of compassion runs just beneath the surface of this horrific tale. A chilling, visceral novel, written from the heart."
-- Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave

"Reader, you're not ready for RATION. But it's time."
-- Jamie Yourdon, author of Froelich's Ladder
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59 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 31% (18)
4 37% (22)
3 25% (15)
2 2% (1)
1 5% (3)
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