The Auction is set on another planet, far in the future. Humans have seeded this planet, and the species that lives there allows them one city in which to live. If they leave the city, the monsters kill them.
Human females are auctioned off when they turn 18. We are shown that it's not such a different idea than the dowries of old, the main difference being the money goes into the city's coffers. Most girls have someone buy them and set them free, a family member or boyfriend. Some are bought for the purpose of being owned, but society tries to ignore that when it happens. I liked the build up, the thought processes that went into building this society, this world.
Here is the blurb:
Belle Walker lives in a strict society where women are treated as property, sold to the highest bidder soon after their eighteenth birthday. But the auction isn’t the only danger. Though she’s never seen them, she knows monsters live outside the city. These creatures have allowed the humans a small area to inhabit with the promise to leave them in peace as long as they never cross the boundary. On the day Belle is sold, one of the monsters breaks that promise and enters the city, intent on having her as his own.
Kitty Thomas, as a general rule, focuses more on the psychology behind slavery and submission than she focuses on the physical. Tender Mercies was the exception, where she gave us a lot more description of the physical acts. But with The Auction, she gives just enough for our imaginations to take hold and finish the picture in our own way. I appreciate that, I really do, but sometimes I could do with a little more description.
- Bondage and Discipline: 2 of 3
- Dominance and Submission: 3 of 3
- Sadism and Masochism: 1 of 3
- Extra Point: No
- The plot was predictable but that was okay, I enjoyed the process of getting there.
- Pacing was fine
- Prose and dialogue are always very well done when Kitty Thomas is writing.
- Character development was superb
- World-building went above and beyond for such a short story, describing not only the physical aspects but the general rules of society.
- Book Rating:The Auction: 9 of 10
- BDSM Intensity Level: 6 of 10
- Heat Level: 3 of 5