Blue Ticket Is A WonderBe Sure To Read Everything Sophie Mackintosh Writes Deborah Levy From The Author Of The Man Booker Prize Longlisted Novel The Water Cure Comes Another Mesmerizing, Refracted Vision Of Our SocietyIn A World Where Women Can T Have It All, Don T Underestimate The Relief Of A Decision Being Taken Away From YouCalla Knows How The Lottery Works Everyone Does On The Day Of Your First Bleed, You Report To The Station To Learn What Kind Of Woman You Will Be A White Ticket Grants You Marriage And Children A Blue Ticket Grants You A Career And Freedom You Are Relieved Of The Terrible Burden Of Choice And Once You Ve Taken Your Ticket, There Is No Going Back But What If The Life You Re Given Is The Wrong One When Calla, A Blue Ticket Woman, Begins To Question Her Fate, She Must Go On The Run But Her Survival Will Be Dependent On The Very Qualities The Lottery Has Taught Her To Question In Herself And On The Other Women The System Has Pitted Against Her Pregnant And Desperate, Calla Must Contend With Whether Or Not The Lottery Knows Her Better Than She Knows Herself And What That Might Mean For Her Child An Urgent Inquiry Into Free Will, Social Expectation, And The Fraught Space Of Motherhood, Blue Ticket Is Electrifying In Its Raw Evocation And Desire And Riveting In Its Undeniable Familiarity I need this book in my life The thing is, bookshops are over packed with feminist dystopias obsessing about babies and motherhood Yes, reproductive rights remain a contested issue but Atwood nailed the topic and this feels like one of many, many also rans I loved the twisted fairy tale aura of The Water Cure but this feels unoriginal in comparison It s hard to buy into the simplistic premise that has minimal world building to convince and the writing is merely workmanlike Overall, this lacks conviction and energy disappointingly flabby with little tension or drive.ARC from NetGalley Sounds like a cross between Handmaid s Tale and The Giver I was really excited about this book and I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I heard about it Much like when reading The Water Cure I easily found myself immersed in the world that Sophie Mackintosh creates I love that you never really know where it s set or what year it is However, another part of me is dying for information Specially regarding the lottery and the blue and white tickets.I ve read other books regarding the issue of fertility and women s reproductive rights but found this to be better and interesting than the others I ve read. After really enjoying her debut novel I was mildly disappointed by Mackintosh s second one Thematically she sticks with the genre of feminist dystopias but while The Water Cure ended on a satisfying twist and had compelling and new things to say about its subject matter, I didn t find this to be the case fot Blue Ticket The execution seemed a bit formulaic and predictable, giving us just enough different characters to really hammer in the point about how every woman is allowed a different view point about motherhood Moreover, the novel s dystopian society lacked context and explanation, making it feel completely arbitrary and thus giving it even the appearance of a well executed exercise along the lines of Should women be allowed to choose or decline motherhood Discuss.I shouldn t be too hard, Sophie Mackintosh has an excellent writing style and I would still be interested to read any future novels This one, however, very much felt like a step backwards from her wonderful debut for me. A meditation on freedom of choice and motherhoodWhen a girl menstruates for the first time, she must go to the station to take a lottery ticket White means her life will be as a wife and mother, Blue means work and childlessness Calla s ticket is blue Initially, she throws herself into the life she has been given, fuelled by alcohol and engaging in indiscriminate, soulless sex Over time, she senses a dark cloud gnawing away at her the absence of motherhood.Mackintosh is a master at withholding information Her reticence at filling in extraneous detail works well here We know as little about the world of the story as Calla does of pregnancy and childbirth.Oddly, once the protagonist takes action, she goes into a loop of self destructive behaviour which slows the forward momentum of the middle section Intense and haunting.My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books UK for the ARC. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Blue Ticket as I had the Water Cure, which I loved This one is darker and deeper and touches on themes as a childless by choice woman that had me up at night imaging alternative scenarios thrust upon me Sophie s written another breathy, brisk masterpiece, a modern Handmaid s Tale, that takes on the idea of motherhood and what constitutes a woman s choice, in this social media saturated, surveillance state in which we all live now Another hit, I m certain. Told in the first person, Sophie Mackintosh s Blue Ticket is a dystopian tale which centres around issues of fertility and child bearing in a patriarchal society where free will is eradicated It s chilling and raises questions about the innate nature of desire and womanhood By the end, I felt like the book had left a hole in my heart. A world where women s lives are predetermined by a lottery Blue ticket a life of freedom White ticket a life of motherhood But how can you ignore the longings of your body Everybody wants what they can t have, everyone is jealous of the life that has been closed off from them Visceral and atmospheric, you can feel her pangs in your own muscle and sinew.
- 304 pages
- Blue Ticket
- Sophie Mackintosh
- 08 April 2017 Sophie Mackintosh