The Culling (The Culling Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I love that the main character is so headstrong and does what she wants, strong characters are awesome to read. However, the main character Glade goes around and around in circles sometimes about being on the station and leaving her sisters behind on their home planet. This became quite annoying because she never realises that it doesn’t matter in the end if she’s there or no the authorities will end up taking them anyway. I mean her character is strong however I feel like her common sense is missing at the end of the day. The fact that this is continuously brought up in the book and she never listens or makes the connection herself made her an annoying character is some parts.
It felt like in some parts she became slow and foolish in parts of the book in order to benefit the storyline and what was happening in the book at the time. The other characters were written quite well and I really enjoyed the way that they interacted with Glade and each other throughout the book.
Certain parts of the content of the book could be left out and even stopped being repeated continuously. It’s great that the author wants to make a point to the reader about the things that are happening and the comparisons that are being made however the number of times this happens in the book it becomes overused and somewhat annoying. An example of this would be Glade’s comparison to the horse video that she had seen. It was a good comparison and I understood why it was made but it became overused and unneeded after being used a few times.
There was also a few parts of the book where the reading flow was disrupted due to the author telling us what is happening rather than showing us, especially when there were flashbacks or when Glade was referring to something in the past. It threw me off.
I enjoyed reading about the love interests and like the idea of the love triangle but the way that it was set up left it feeling obvious.
I think that in order to improve the book the author should work on making certain aspects less obvious, this will leave the audience reading longer and work on the characters especially Glade so that their personalities aren’t compromised because of the plot. I found that some characters ended up feeling different in some parts of the book which left me confused, their personalities changed and it was weird.
Overall I rate this book a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ /5 stars. The book was an interesting dystopian read and I did enjoy it, there were just a few things that I picked up on that lowered my score of the book. I think I will end up reading the next one to the series just to see how the characters have ended up. The Culling has great potential and I hope that it improves as the author keeps writing.
Glade is a fifteen-year-old trained to use cyborg VR computer technology to kill people from far away for the good of society. The book tracks her through her kidnapping by rebel forces, and her eventual disillusionment with the government that she serves. The most interesting parts are:
• The subtle worldbuilding details. Everyone uses the name of the planet/moon colony they're from as their last name. That's pretty cool, as well as the "synthetic black holes" everyone uses to travel within the solar system, and the delineation drawn between ships and "skips."
• Glade's gradual working free from her brainwashing. It's a good, gradual progression where she has to fight through everything she's always been taught, and all the incentives, personal and physical, that keep her on the side of the Authority. This is my favorite thing from this book, and I only wish it hadn't relied so much on her liking a cute boy from the rebel side.
Most everything else is pretty standard. There's a love triangle set up where two older boys, a rebel and a fellow assassin, both spend their days pining for Glade. Glade is a never-before-seen prodigy at what she does, for reasons that are never fully explained. Glade is universally recognized as unique and different, for reasons that seem rather thin. Glade is taught by the kind and dashing rebel boy to let go of her rigid, repressed logic and embrace emotion and intuition...
I would also like to note that the end was abrupt as heck. Leaving some loose threads is necessary for a series, obviously, but I appreciate it when each book solidly ends its own self-sufficient epoch of the story. The Culling ends when Glade finally sits down and makes a mental decision about which side she wants to be on, but before she does anything about this decision.
Its not any kind of ending that a standalone book could support -- more like the end of a TV episode, calculated to force you to wait with bated breath for the next installment. It felt preemptively aborted and discouraged me from reading the series any further, rather than building up compelling suspense.
Glade Io is the heroine of the story, full of conflicting emotions that her Datapoint training should have rid her of. Instead, through a kidnapping by the rebel forces, the Ferrymen, finds out that her world and its history is not what it seems. What follows is a beautifully woven world history that Glade has to either dismiss as impossible or true, in the same way that she has to come to terms with her own confusing emotional life that she is not supposed have.
Ms. Finn brings the reader on a wild ride, as Glade begins to unfold the truth. It is a fast read, which I finished in one day. I read the next book in the trilogy, The Authority, directly after and now, just my luck - the third book, The Ferrymen, was released TODAY! I don't have to wait. Clearly, these books have captured me and the fact the Ms. Finn has authored other books makes me very happy. I'd write more, but I have a book to inhale!
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