Fun with the unexpected

I keep a pretty simple rule on writing. I only write it if its fun to write and interesting to read

One of the joys of writing is the chance to do something unexpected. For example, Bistro Viande ( is set in a future where the only solution to mass overcrowding is legalized cannibalism in the form of a reverse lottery. In this lottery, people are paid to play, but winners legally become food. The book opens up with introducing two such, doomed, lottery winners on their way to the upscale Bistro Viande, where they are destined to become the weekend's entree.

Did I mention it's an intimate, light-hearted, book about finding happiness in life?
No, this is not your typical dystopian future thriller.  There is no evil dictator to defeat or invading aliens to overcome. This is not a cautionary tale about societies ills and how-this-can-be-the-future-if-we're-not-careful. The fact that the main characters are destined to die is a simple reality they face and thus comes the question... How do you deal with that on a personal level? What if it is guaranteed that you will die? What do you do for your remaining time (assuming escape is not an option)? This is the primary focus of the book. It is not a tale of the people rising up against the lottery en-masse and saving the day for the protagonists. It is a tale of how do people act when they are destined to die. Simultaneously, those charged with killing them are not faceless monsters. They are not soldiers or executioners. They are simply cooks. The flip side of the 'living in dystopia' question is how do the cooks handle a job that requires them to kill innocent people. 
One lottery-winner, Sammie, is openly suicidal at the beginning of the book. For this reason, she does not just begrudgingly accept her fate, but rather embraces it. One scene