Book: The Culling by Ramona Finn
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Sci-Fi
Print Date: November 2017
Goodreads Score: 3 stars
Giveaway: $50 Amazon gift card
Short Review: An interesting twist on a dystopian story.
In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own assassins can stop them.
Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint, a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is meant to identify and destroy any potential threats to the human colonies. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.
Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out.
Long Review: This was, in my opinion, your typical dystopian story that made things somewhat predictable. I did however enjoy the added sci-fi twist to the story. The thought that technology has advanced so far that you can literally sync your brain with a computer is kind of creepy. What was even creepier is that these same people that are synced with the computer then have the ability to kill anyone through the act of culling. I couldn’t help but wonder how terrifying life must be in this world that the author has created. To know that at any moment the Authority could decide you are a threat and BAM, you can’t even defend yourself!
The characters are each interesting in their own way. My favorite is Kupier. From the moment he is introduced you immediately like him. He is very driven, a great leader, and loves his family. Glade is a tough nut to crack. One minute you think she really is like a robot and then the next you find she is capable of emotion and you are able to peel back a layer to her. One of my favorite parts was getting to see how Glade unraveled all of the knew knowledge that she was given about the Authority by Kupier. She has gone her entire life thinking one way and is know basically being told its all been a lie. From the moment that Jan Ernst Haven gets introduced I am immediately suspicious…but I will let you be the judge.
This was not by any means my favorite book, but it is a quick and fun read that I think you will enjoy!
About the Author
Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!
She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.
Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question 😉 Website│Goodreads│Facebook
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