I realize this isn't a book, but I think short stories should get reviews too because there are some fantastic short stories out there. This being one of them.
I was searching around the web for the next book I was going to read and I happened across a couple of sites that have just tons of novels, short stories, and novellas that you can sit there and read right off the site. Lol, I thought it was pretty fantastic. I won't have to spend money on books for quite a while.
But anyways, this, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, is the first short story I read off the site and the ending literally just shocked me. It's essentially about a small town in the early 1900's and a twist they play on a 'lottery' that the town holds every year. Everyone in the town participates and draws a slip of paper out of a black box. But for some reason everyone is nervous. Everyone is wondering who got 'the slip.'
It's really just a fantastic story. I won't give away the ending but here is the link to it - http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lotry.html
This site has tons of short stories on it and so I may be reviewing more of them in the coming weeks. Enjoy the story!