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The Culling

(The Slave Girl Chronicles #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Canada, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from the culler ships. No one knows where the ships take the people they take, but they never return. When a culler finds Jet, she may discover ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by White Sun Press (first published August 31st 2011)
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Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This was the longest short book I've read in a long, long time. It felt like one long set-up and everything took F....O...R...E...V...E...R.... to happen or explain.

I spent so much time in Jet's head, with her musings, that you'd think I had a good idea of who she is, as a person; you'd be wrong. I spent so much time in Jet's head, with her musings, about the world at large that you'd think I would have a clear idea of what's happening...wrong again.

Jet is a ca

I cannot remember the last time that I have read a novel that was not only super short but also super slow. This book wasn't terrible but I had a hard time staying focused while reading this. There just wasn't enough action to hold my interest.

Another thing that bothered me about this novel was the lack of back story. This novel takes place in a post apocalyptic world but we learn very little about this world, past or present.

There was so little going on in this novel that I can't really think o
May 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: White sun press
Publishing Date: April 2014
ISBN: 9781499306743
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 1.5/5

Publisher Description: Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from culler ships and fighting off raiding humans.

Review: There are a couple of covers out there. This one is p
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hunger Games, "V," Earth: Final Conflict fans
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens
Earth is overrun by creepy aliens who use humans for food, sex, slavery, or all three. The remaining humans are struggling to survive underground with limited resources. 19-year-old Jet is on her way to trade goods with another settlement when she’s captured, and taken to an alien settlement. She’s tough without being overly boyish, and not annoying at all. Excellent characterization and worldbuilding, and the best aliens I’ve encountered in a long time. Isn't the cover bad ass? On to book 2! I ...more
2.75 stars

I've had this series on my kindle for years. I've started, stopped, started, then dropped it. It's such a slow moving story for a short book. Oh well, only 3 more books to go 😳
A dystopian alien abduction story - WITH DINOSAURS!

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Member Giveaway program. Also, vague spoilers in the last few paragraphs.)

Nineteen-year-old Jet Tetsuo is a skag. Along with thousands of other human refugees, Jet spends most of her time underground, eking out the barest existence beneath the ruins of what once was Vancouver. It's this, or risk capture by the Nirreth: a race of blue, bipedal, liz
Rebekah Peroutka
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dystopian, aliens
"Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from the culler ships. No one knows where the ships take the people they take, but they never return. When a culler finds Jet, she may discover the truth the hard way...and end up living among the very creatures that have enslaved her." Amazon Description

This book is just...
Joey Woolfardis
Read as part of the Get Through The Crap On Your Kindle You Stubborn Eejit reading challenge.

Written with the perspective of a 19 year old with a mental age of 12, apparently written by a 12 year old as well. Far too many metaphors, relentless use of adjectives (put the thesaurus down), so many info-dumps and just honestly terrible.

Even when running away (when speed is of the utmost importance) the main character can think 42 pages of nothing. Slow, slow, slow.
Masquerade Crew


I chose to read 'The Culling' because the beginning of this novel was set in Vancouver, and because it featured a female main character. This book exceeded my expectations. Jet Tetsuo is a 19-year-old skag living with her family in a settlement located in the ruins of Vancouver. She has spent most of her life underground to avoid the Nirreth, the alien people who invaded Earth. That they contributed or not to the destruction of the human environment and the ex
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Not sure how many people are going to read this when they do like me and get it free during the Indie freebie blowout for Amazon Kindle. I do know that I enjoyed reading this strong start to the authors dystopian based series, enjoyed it so much that read more than half on my smart phone while waiting for my Kindle DX to charge so could finish on my eReader.
There is something about fantasy that really draws me in, this world and these characters were tailor made for my reading enjoyment. The ent
D.A. Graystone
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
J.C. Andrijeski has hit the mark with “The Culling”, the first book in the Slave Girl Chronicles. Her strong female lead character, Jet, is tough, intelligent, capable and very sympathetic. And, she has a kick-ass sword! Painting a dystopian landscape is always a challenge but J.C. is up for that challenge and more. The author keeps the action moving, engaging the reader in the conflict, while painting that detailed and complicated landscape. You won’t just read the novel, you'll find yourself b ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for me; good sci-fi - ...basically this was an alien abduction; with a human rebellion in the background. I like Jet. However, not enough information was given about any of the other characters; or...Jet found out on the very last pages that everything she thought about those characters was false. So, no true info about the other characters. I am on the fence about every other character. Jet has joined the rebellion. I wish it would have ended with a fight or something. The writing is ...more
A.B. Shepherd
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This first book in the Slave Girl Chronicles series is really more of a novella than a full length book.

Jet is a young human woman living in a future world in which we have destroyed the planet and been invaded by a race of aliens who now control everything. She's been hiding out with her mother and younger brother along with some others who are simply trying to survive and not be captured and sold into slavery. This is where the story begins.

I really liked this first book in the series, althou
Montzalee Wittmann
The Culling (The Slave Girl Chronicles #1) by J.C. Andrijeski is a great book about humans as the underdog where the world has been taken over by aliens and they are far from friendly. It is a part 1 so it ends where you have to get the next book to continue and leaves the reader hanging a bit. ugh! The book is good up to that point. Our gal gets kidnapped and taken on board and the sh*t hits the fan and the reader learns quite a bit about life on Earth now and what it is like for humans. The e ...more
Thomas Carpenter
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The novel is set in a dystopian future in which alien overlords have taken over our planet after we left it in shambles. That's the short and sweet summary of the novel, but really it doesn't quite describe it.

Another way might be to say that the novel is a fast-paced action thriller that slowly builds an interesting and believable world along the journey. There are plenty of twists and turns, especially during the later half of the novel, to keep it interesting. I'd recommend this novel for fan
2.5 stars

It's an interesting premise that limps a bit in the delivery. Things like using ellipsis in the middle of sentences where commas were more appropriate were frustrating, in addition to some copy editing issues. Had I not been able to move into part 2 (book 2?) the ending would have upset me. Also there were a couple of plot points that really had me working to suspend disbelief. It's a short book, novella length.

Interesting enough to see how the next book does, though.
M.E. Lorde
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"If you read no other fantasy books this year, I would highly suggest this one. Smooth writing, great dialog and a plot that will linger in your mind even after you've finished. This is one I've just recently read and it's outstanding. The main character is a strong female character and the descriptions will pull you into the pages. J.C. Andrijeski has published a number of other books and I will be reading all of them. I've had a taste, and now I want more. "
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aliens-ya, dystopia
4.5 I really enjoyed this! Jet is a bad ass chick but gets caught by the aliens that invaded earth..the aliens sound like a cross between avatar and jar jar binks. Lots of action a teeny tiny bit predictable(it is fictional aliens)!
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, freebies
A girl, a sword, and a rebellion in some dystopian future. Toss in some murky allegiances and what more could one want? Definitely ready for part two.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
If I had sat myself down and plowed through it, this book would have taken me about two hours. It's a very short book. Still, it was so slow. The beginning was interesting and fast paced, with Jet being chased and abducted, but the rest was so slow and boring I wanted it to be over. There were a few twists at the end, some predictable but reasonable, others so out there they're ridiculous and I can't believe they were included (view spoiler) ...more
Kyra Dune
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in right from the start and held my attention all the way through. The story was interesting and I liked the characters, especially Jet and Richter. This is a SciFi, alien invasion novel with a sort of dystopian/post apocalyptic kind of feel to it. And though Jet is nineteen, there's definitely a YA vibe here. If you enjoy any of those genres, I absolutely recommend this one. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good beginning

This isn't the kind of book I normally read but I have to say I really enjoyed it! The more I got into the book the more I liked it. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup

Don't ask me why I can't get into most aliens stories. They take me forever. This one at least caught and held my attention. The story was okay. The characters were above average. If you like alien books give it a chance.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not your bad, but somehow didn't stick with me

Not sure what asked me here- style or characters, but the book just didn't work for me. Not going to check the next parts.
Anya Champagne
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting beginning

An interesting beginning to a alien invasion dystopian series. Here's hoping that the rest of the series continues with the same page turning intensity.
Cheryl Viner
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engrossing tale that grabs you and doesn't let go until you get to the last page. i was unable to go to bed until i finished the book and it left me wanting more.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
**Copy kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

The Culling presented as an exciting, diverse, new dystopian series with a kick-ass heroine who wields a sword. Unfortunately, in reality The Culling was anything but.

The prose was clunky and repetitive (the amount of times someone hardened their jaw, chuckled, or folded their arms, especially in the same scene, was super annoying) and it also contradicted itself time and time again. There is no real flow to the story - any ti
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
The Culling is a book of pure science fiction which has chooses to put the feature on New Adult, that I did not find in the book. It was full with wasted potential. The history either is nice, the complex universe is original and attractive, but I was bored on several occasions. I found that we missed a little action, of rhythm, that there were well too many discussions and not enough decisions. The characters stay a little too much in the same spot what is too bad.

Jet is a 19 year old young wo
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

My review for The Culling by J.C. Andrijeski thanks to NetGalley. Now this book is not an ARC it is a re-release and the next 2 books in the series are already out.

This is about 19 year old Jet, a skag, a human living free on Earth. Yes Earth was taken over by an invasion of creatures called Nirreth and they allow humans to live in their cities but they are slaves so to be free you are always on the lookout. Being outside the cities of the Nirreth is da
Mathew Walls
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, female-authors
Badly written and creepy. The version I have says it's part one of the Alien Apocalypse series, but I probably would have been more prepared for the sort of book it is if I'd known it's also known as the Slave Girl Chronicles.

I'll start with the plain bad before I move on to the creepy. For one thing, the book repeatedly contradicts itself, sometimes in ways that indicate that the author was using words she didn't know the meaning of, and other times in ways that suggest the author just forgot w
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JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes sexy, apocalyptic and cyberpunk-y science fiction romance and mystery books, often with a metaphysical bent. Current works include the gritty, epic, psychic warfare romance, ALLIE'S WAR, which follows Allie Taylor and her antihero partner, Revik, in their attempts to save the world from a dark, psychic force. Her dystopian science fiction ...more

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“Jet slammed her back against the wall of the ruined warehouse, panting. Crouching down by the moldy cement bricks, she fought to make her breathing silent. Her sword dug into her spine in the middle of her back, but she barely felt it. Panic filled her, making her sweat even in the early morning air.  She was too late. Surely, they’d seen her. They always said it happened this way. The older adults had been warning her for years about this kind of thing, warning all of them.” 0 likes
“Jet hadn’t even heard the cullers when their engines glided overhead. Not until they’d already gotten a lock on her bio-reading and slid lower in the sky for a closer look.” 0 likes
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