For today’s post, I will be sharing my review of Ration by Cody T. Luff with you all.
Cynthia and Imeld have always lived in the Apartments. A world where every calorie is rationed and the girls who live there are forced to weigh their own hunger against the lives of the others living in the building. It’s a world where the threat of the Wet Room and Ms. Lion always lingers, and punishments are doled out heavily both by the Women who oversee them and the other girls.
When Cynthia is wrongly accused of eating an “A” ration which leads to the death of another girl, her peers punish her harshly. In seeking revenge, she is forced from the only home she has ever known, out into the broader world with one of the Women—Ms. Glennoc—who has tormented her for years. Hunger mixes with politics, intrigue, and social status, and Cynthia needs to figure it out quickly if she’s going to survive and make it back to the Apartments to save Imeld.
With her friend and Ms. Glennoc gone, Imeld is lost. Ms. Tuttle forces her to step into Ms. Glennoc’s shoes, taking on the role of a Woman in charge of all the girls, the punishments, and the Wet Room. The new role feels wrong, especially as Ms. Tuttle’s behavior becomes more and more erratic. Imeld can’t turn her back on the other girls in the Apartments, but how can she save them when she isn’t sure how to save herself? If they rebel against Ms. Tuttle and the other Women, will they starve?
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.
Ration had been on my TBR for quite a while, and I was so excited to finally read it, but I have to say, I was seriously disappointed.
The book started out okay, so I continued with it, thinking that it would pick up, but honestly, I was bored. I found myself reading, but not really taking much in or paying much attention. I wasn’t desperate to pick it up at any opportunity I got, and I actually found myself doing other things instead of reading it.
It had a couple of gory moments, but not really enough to call it a horror book. I wanted to be scared, or disgusted, and I didn’t get either of the two. What is the point in a horror book if you’re not even slightly scared or disgusted?
There was also no real explanation in to what was happening, and it was as if the reader was just supposed to know the situation on their own. It was not very well written at all, and half of the time, I had no idea what the characters were even talking about.
I have seen some great reviews for this book, and I have also seen some awful ones, I guess this is one of those love it or hate it type of books, but if you are a horror fan who likes to be terrified, I would honestly say, don’t even bother. Ration was not even half as good as I had expected, and I ended up DNF’ing at around 60%.
I gave Ration a 1/5 star rating.
Thank you to Mindbuck Media for a digital copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.