The Auction


Product Details

Drexel Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.73 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Tom Galvin spent over a decade working as a Washington political reporter, breaking stories about Capitol Hill and the White House. He then moved to Silicon Valley as a technology executive, gaining a front-row seat to the internet era. His experience in the political and technological arenas has given him a unique perspective on the intrigues and dangers when power, technology, and greed are mixed together. Though his careers have changed, Galvin's love of writing has remained. He and his wife, Jennifer, split their time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and the Jersey Shore. "The Auction" is his debut novel.


"In Tom Galvin's The Auction, it's the year 2050 and a cabal of huge corporations bid on the future earnings of twenty-two-year-olds, with devastating consequences. Our unlikely hero is Sasha Cross, a one-time child actor trying to escape her past. Galvin's tale is a sleek labyrinth of double-dealing characters and malevolent overlords that delivers a chilling indictment of modern-day capitalism." -Bryan Gruley, Pulitzer Prize winner, Edgar Award nominee, and author of the Starvation Lake trilogy

"A next-level dystopian thriller that is among the year's most exciting debut novels...Galvin, a former political journalist and technologist, has created a dystopian tale with human savagery reminiscent of The Hunger Games while set in a world more recognizable as our own" -

"A breathtaking premise with characters that make you want to root for them, The Auction is an urgent, thrilling ride." -Morgan Baden, author of The Hive, a People magazine Best Book of Fall 2019

"I was hooked on The Auction from the first few chapters . . . The author has imagined a 2050 dystopian future in the same vein as The Hunger Games . . . Great read, five stars." -Maria Frina, author of The Decision They Made

"Tom Galvin's The Auction is fantastic. It is a fascinating view of a society that puts a price tag on everything, including its people. It is a riveting and terrifying tale that builds to a surprising and satisfying ending. I couldn't put it down." -Lisa Zupan, executive producer, P.S. I Love You

"Galvin shows no mercy in playing on the constant threat of a dark future for American society. The author swings big in this believable reconstruction of the future and creates a powerful money-driven world with the tip of his pen . . . For readers who have graduated from The Hunger Games in YA, feast your eyes on this unique and purposeful futuristic depiction in The Auction." -Madeline Barbush, Independent Book Review

"The Auction accomplishes that trick of all great dystopian fiction, turning a fun-house mirror on our society so that we can see ourselves in a new, amplified way. Tom Galvin takes the concept of 'the promising young person' and pushes it to an all-too-believable limit. The plot hurtles forward, with the reader caught up in the fate of the characters and the fate of the corporate system that dominates their lives. A rare mix of high concept and gripping action." -Toby Ball, author of The Vaults

"Galvin has created a captivating plot that will keep you guessing on the outcome . . . This is a real page-turner and will keep you entertained until you finish the final page." -Randall Krzak, author of Carnage in Singapore

"Tom Galvin has imagined a world in which big corporations put a price on everyone's head-and then act with unhinged ruthlessness to increase their profits . . . A bold, original tale with strong characters fighting against the odds to defeat the system they abhor . . . A mystery, a thriller, and an examination of society's norms and ethics all rolled into one." -Mark Willen, author of the Jonas Hawke series

"The Auction is a prescient vision of the future we could face. Through the story of Sasha Cross, Tom Galvin has crafted an important story that forces us to ask: Is all the pressure to succeed that we are putting on youth worth the damage that we could sow? The questions raised in this book are ones we will have to answer as a human race. This novel puts us front and center to ask: What are we doing? By weaving a tale of a draconian future society, Tom Galvin has raised these issues brilliantly." -Ruth Vitale, former copresident of Paramount Classics and former president of Fine Line Features