Ration Paperback – August 14, 2019
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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
About the Author
Cody s stories have appeared in Pilgrimage, Cirque, KYSO Flash, Menda City Review, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, and others. He is fiction winner of the 2016 Montana Book Festival Regional Emerging Writers Contest. He served as editor of an anthology of short fiction with twelve contributors titled Soul s Road.
Cody teaches at Portland Community College and works as a story editor. He completed an intensive MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Cody grew up listening to stories in his grandfather s barber shop as he shined shoes, stories told to him at bedsides and on front porches, deep in his father s favorite woods, and in the cabs of pickup trucks on lonely dirt roads. Cody s work explores those things both small and wondrous that move the soul, whether they be deeply real or strikingly surreal.
- Publisher : Apex Book Company (August 14, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 244 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937009807
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937009809
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.61 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,552,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I won my copy of Ration in a giveaway from one of my favorite podcasts, and I'm really glad I did. At first glance I was a little apprehensive - many reviews had mentioned reading on an empty stomach, and I'm not the biggest fan of gross out horror, but that's part of why I wanted to write this review. Yes, there are definitely some parts that will turn your stomach, but it's so incredibly worth it. Luff starts out with a terrifying, dystopian premise, and builds the horror at the situation these girls find themselves in immediately. But it doesn't stop there - this book has so many layers and levels to it, though I don't want to spoil anything. So instead I'll note some of what I absolutely loved.
Characters with arcs that surprised me, and pulled me into their struggles. A fully imagined, bleak future with enough brushstroke details to be intriguing as to what happened in this world. Emotions, raw and dark and real, conveyed beautifully. And the concept of calories turned on its head. In a world where the entire population is hungry, girls track their calories and expenditure closely, to ensure their survival. Instead of tracking and beating themselves up for consumption, there's a scene in which two girls discuss running for the joy of it, despite the precious calories it costs them. There's so much here that made me stop and really take it in - the way the girls and Women treat themselves, and each other. The interactions and politics and culture of using and consuming one another. It feels like a deeply ingrained allegory, and yet the symbolism is subtle.
I loved this book, and I'm a new fan of Cody Luff. Well done, and I can't wait to read more.
This book was incredibly well written. From the novel’s first pages, readers get a sense of being in the opening scene of Stephen King’s Carrie, if Carrie took place in the world of author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale. A world ravaged by an unknown virus that has taken the lives of all men in the world, and the women left created a brutal system of survival like no other.
The two main perspectives shown throughout the novel are stark contrasts with one another, as we see the innocent protagonist Cynthia thrust into a cruel reality and fighting not just to survive, but to find a way to punish those who made her and her fellow “girls” suffer. Then there is Ms. Tuttle, the strict leader of the Apartments, who follows the rules to a T but finds herself caught between a secret of her own and the harshness of her mother and the political world they come from.
A truly gripping tale, the novel does an excellent job of delving into the despair of a dystopian novel while inciting horror and terror into the actions and ways in which the survivors of this world have adapted, where flesh and lower class “girls” are a commodity for the higher class “women” to use as they please, and even amongst advocates for change, no one can truly be completely trusted.
This is a breathtaking thriller and horror adventure like no other. While the book has it’s gruesome moments when delving into the specific “payments” made by the girls, it is the pacing of the author’s writing that sells the horror aspect of this novel. Combine this with the despairing the reader feels in the dystopian setting, and readers can expect a truly engaging read that is sure to become a cult classic in the genre. If you haven’t yet, grab your copy of “Ration” by Cody T. Luff today!