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The Culling (The Culling Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When Glade is kidnapped by group of people that is known as the Ferryman she soon learns that everything she has been taught and raised to believe by The Authority may be a lie. After being kidnapped Glade starts to question her whole life and The Authority. Glade has to be very careful in her investigation of The Authority as it could cost her, her family.
You know you would think that I would get tired of reading Dystopian novels after a while but I don’t think I could ever get tired of this genre. Each book is unique its own way and each and every author adds their own distinct touch to each novel just a little something that makes them all different in some way or other. I love the world building in dystopian novels.
It bugged me to no end as to why Glade didn’t question The Authority more than she did. Why didn’t she trust them less? I mean for the things that The Authority did to her but on the other hand I guess she trusted them and believed in them for the things that The Authority put her through. I guess if they did to me what they did to her I would believe in them too. I am not saying that she didn’t question what they taught her to believe because she did.
Glade is one tough cookie to have lived through what The Authority put her through and come out with her mind still intact. Most of the characters were really great people but there were a few that I didn’t care for very much and some I think are probably good but are sort of brain washed and just need a little help. But there are some that you could probably never help or change their ways. Some people are always going to be out for number one.
I really enjoyed reading The Culling and it will stay with me for a long time to come. The Culling is a fast read but it is one that you want to take your time with and absorb all that you can. I couldn’t believe that ending it just blew me away I was like no, no, no way. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
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.
As a child Grade Lo saw her father culled leaving her with a lot of questions, 10 years later she’s training to be a datapoint and be the one who does the culling when the time comes. But those qluestions Grade had as a child are still there along with a lot more, when she gets kidnapped by ferrymen, the ones who she’s been told are the enemy, she meets their leader Kupier and he tells her everything she’s been told is a lie, Grade doesn’t know what to believe and when she returns to the authority it leaves her with more questions than answers. Grade has a destiny but she has to figure out which side she’s on.
I loved this book, the author is a wonderful storyteller. I can’t wait for book 2 to be released.
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