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The Raffle: The Complete Novel Parts 1-4

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May 2027: The United States is now The New United States, a security-obsessed, isolationist state policed by humanoid robots. After over a decade living in a post-apocalyptic, prison-like Los Angles, a man plays The Raffle to gain entry into The New United States. He hopes to reunite with his wife and daughter who flew east before the fateful attack on LA on July 4, 2016, ...more
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Rude Cat LLC
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Daniel Casey
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Giving readers a touch of nearly every dystopian flavor (a rampant virus, grim and literal urban decay, suspect government, cruel AI, the human drive to build and keep united family), Smith lets his story unfold with deliberate ease. Fans of speculative fiction will certainly find The Raffle to more than satisfying, and readers new to the genre will likely come away from it having set a high bar for other works. All in all, it is a
Jeff Cortese
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read the multiple parts to this story multiple times and picked up a new layer of insight with every new read. So great to see it all wrapped up into one single book. Finally! The characters, the story, the arc, the detail, and the nuance are so well well told. Randy Smith transports you through time and paints a picture of the future that is unbelievable, yet simultaneously and oddly believable. It’s creative, yet familiar. The only thing we need now is a TV show. I highly ...more
Norm Goldman
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Although futuristic dystopia novels have captured our attention for decades, I have never been a big fan of speculative fiction. Nevertheless, Randy Smith's The Raffle did maintain my focus. I can attribute my interest to the story's dark content and unsettling nature, as well as its ability to hold a mirror to present-day anxieties. It also allowed me to provoke thought and ponder abstract creative conjectures that present a harrowing vision of several of society's malaise. At the same time, it ...more
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Raffle, by Randy Smith.
Rude Cat LLC. 2019.
356 pages.
Genres: Distopic Fiction / Cyberpunk

Year 2027: Almost eleven years after a multiple attack (nuclear, electromagnetic and biological) altered the genetics of the entire population of Los Angeles, California, gave rise to a widespread blackout and a racial war among its inhabitants that led to the total isolation of the entire area, the new administration of the nation has published The Proclamation, an
Rudy S Salo
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the first time ever, all 4 Parts of the Raffle contained in a single book. And what a book this is. Having read through all four parts now again, you can see that Smith is telling a tale that may be 8 years into the future, but is not far off from become a reality in our present time. Randy's use of real places in Southern California and Southern Nevada make this novel so real. The paranoia the main character oozes makes you feel like you are a watcher on his shoulder as he traverses his ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Raffle can be described as science fiction or even fantasy, but it feels more like a warning for our future. Very well written with good character development. Each Part kept my attention and reminded me a little of Orwell. The author did a fantastic job of catching the reader up to speed quickly, which is usually my main complaint when reading dystopian novels. I would recommend this book to fans of science fiction, dystopian, politics, history, and even philosophy, as The Raffle is ...more
Nicole Snazzy
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The series were so good, I had to get a physical copy for my home library. Loved it!
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