12 comments on “Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh | Book Review

  1. It doesn’t sound like a world, I would want to live in. What about men, were some of them not allowed to become fathers? Anyway, I would actually be one of those hoping for a blue ticket. I think that choice (the decision not to have kids) is just as important. By the sounds of it, you should ideally view this book as a discussion of views rather than as a dystopian genre piece. It seems like the author has a lot to offer.

  2. I’ve had this on my TBR but this is the second review I’ve read recently that is more middle-of-the-road. I would have hoped for this to be more of an exploration into who gets to be a mother and who is deemed “worthy” of the role, which I think could be an interesting and relevant conversation.

    • That idea is definitely touched on, but it doesn’t ultimately come off as the main focus of the book. It certainly has its flaws, but I was pleasantly surprised by how engrossing I found it.

  3. I felt very similarly about this! It works much better if you forget about the poor dystopian worldbuilding and read it as something more stylised and literary. I was also impressed by the prose.

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  5. Great review! I’m glad to see this mostly ended up working for you, despite the lack of attention given to the dystopian world. I loved Mackintosh’s writing in The Water Cure and have been keen to try this one for that reason alone, though the premise certainly appeals as well. I’ll be sure to approach this one with more attention on the characters now and less on the setting details!

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