Because I have read The Lottery and loved it, I had an inkling of what I was getting myself into when I picked this up. But still... this was so bizarre and intriguing and heart-wrenching! Humanity is so inhumane at times that it hurts my heart. I look forward to reading other reviews, because this is the kind of book you have to discuss. I wanted to talk about it so badly that I explained the whole convoluted plot to my 6th grade students!