7 May 2015

ARC Review: Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne

Lottery Boy
Author: Michael Byrne
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2015

Goodreads Summary:

A fast-moving and gripping thriller with a powerful emotional engagement; this is a young boy’s story of loss and unbearable hope as he survives on London’s streets.

Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, this contemporary adventure story set on the streets of London follows a boy whose luck is about to change. Since his mother's death, Bully has lost his old life. Living rough with his dog, Jack, he can’t imagine his future. But one day, in the last birthday card she ever gave him, he finds a winning lottery ticket, a last gift from his mum that suddenly offers such hope. If only he can get to his prize on time. Life is not that simple. Bully’s struggle to survive has just got a whole lot harder. They’re after him on the streets, everyone wants a piece of him. And even if he does claim all that money, will he really be winning what he needs the most?

Special thanks to Bibliophile Soprano for lending me her copy! Much love xx

Out on the streets, in with a chance. A breathtaking race to survive.

This is a sad story, and it's like I can feel Bully's struggle through reading this book. Lottery Boy brought up some things in my head. This book told me, money isn't bad, but the love for it is.

The clocking system of this book reminded me of In Time, one of my favorite movies. 
In In Time, when time runs out, you lose your life, but in Lottery Boy, when Bully's time runs out, he loses his chance for a good life.

His timer added to the thrill: If the timer shows up every like, two paragraphs, you know something actioney is going on. Bully's ways of escaping excite me. Sometimes I feel sorry for Jack(y) because I think that's a lot for a dog.

The plot is good, and I didn't find anything mainstream in this book (winning the lottery doesn't even look mainstream to me). I didn't expect the ending so plus points. :)

Overall, I like this book and it didn't bore me. The only thing that bothered me while reading this book is that I can't understand some of Bully's words, but I guess the reason is I'm not good with British slang.

RATING: 4.75

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