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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
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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
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
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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
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of the four parts of "The Raffle". Starting from a rather short story for part 1, the parts progressively increase, culminating in part 4 which constitutes the majority of the collection.

The Raffle has some great moments of which is hard to talk about without spoiling them. You progressively discover more and more truths about a dystopical "what-if" on the year 2027, which imagines how society may evolve if a sort of new 9/11 attack happened in a fictional July 2016. The
Apr 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was given this book by a company called Book Tasters who asked for my honest review. I posted my honest review. I was then asked to take down my honest review. They approved my review and then changed their minds. I won't go into that here, but the whole thing is disappointing. It is ironic that a book about the problems with the fall of the United States has people dictating what the reviews should be.

I still stand by the fact that this book is not for me. I am entitled to not like every
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
Jeff Cortese
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive 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. Its creative, yet familiar. The only thing we need now is a TV show. I highly ...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!
Stacey Pelesky
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it

It could have been better. It was a bit anticlimactic for me. I think more work can be done to the story to make it great.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Is the year 2027. Californians are separated of the world since the 2016 attacks which spread a racial hate virus and the simultaneous explosion of an EMP device which sent them to the stone age. Could Ramsey, our hero, successfully complete his state sponsored journey back into the new civilization, back into his family? This is a new world, paranoid, run by religious zealot androids, in which nobody is really trusted. A postapocalipsys converted into a road storie turn into a hazardous mission ...more
Aline Frediani
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Raffle keeps my attention all time even when I was not reading. The story is rich in details and the characters are well constructed, and we keep cheering for them until the end.
Racism, religion, intolerance, a non-trusteble governor we can see all this and more well wrapped with the characters.
The plot is a strong dystopian, but we keep thinking: is our society far away from this?
I highly recommend The Raffle. If you are a fantasy or a dystopian reader. Thank you Booktasters for the
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