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It’s been 100 years since the inter-galactic organization known as PULSE intervened to liberate the women of Earth. Now purged of its male population, the women have embarked on a journey to take their place in the all-female cosmic society.
In order to enlist in PULSE’s renowned military, earthlings Stella, Faye and the rest of their class must face the Trial. Only a few h
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Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published January 17th 2016
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Dianne
In a dystopian future Earth, where an interplanetary military organization has liberated the women and the male population has been decimated, young women must train and test to become part of an elite intergalactic army. This is the story of the final test, survival on a hostile world, a test of one’s skills to think fast, think as a team when needed and trust in one’s instincts to make it to a final pick up destination and induction into the PULSE army as a warrior.

Centered on Stella and her b
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Chloe
I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to start this by apologizing to the author because this review is long overdue. I had my hands full with schoolwork. I hope you understand.

When the author emailed me asking if I would like to review his books, I was so excited because oh my gosh, it's my first ever review request email from an author! He said the book was about "a crew of kick-ass women, set in the future" and I thought I would enjoy it, s
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Fafa's Book Corner
DNF

Mini review:

I received this E-ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited when the author contacted for about this book. It sounded so unique and interesting. Unfortunately I did not like the writing style.

There were a lot of details explained in the writing style. For me personally it just didn't work for this book. I do enjoy reading this type of writing style but I think I was expecting it to be really fast paced. So when I was reading it I was kind of bored
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Jay G
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
100 years ago, an all female intergalactic military called PULSE was formed in order to rid the galaxy of men. In order to become apart of the prestigious military, the girls of Earth must complete a difficult three day trial that only few have succeeded. Stella and her best friend Faye, must work together in the hopes of becoming the ne
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Beth
Crawford delivers a highly imaginative scifi tale of a brutal trial a group of young human woman must face to become a PULSE officer. A PULSE (Planetary Union of Life-form Salvation and Emancipation) officer is a guardian of the female lead galaxy.

Pulse is not for the squeamish or faint hearted, the trials are brutal. If you are also looking for that cute romance or sweet HEA, then Pulse is not the book for you. The tale is dark, with undercurrents of political corruption and bias.

More in the l
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you want to be a Soldier of the intergalactic PULSE empire, the Planetary Union of Life-form Salvation and Emancipation, you attend the rigorous and brutal training Academy for eight years from age ten to eighteen. In the final year just before graduation and assignment, all applicants undergo the Trial. Trial survivors graduate and receive their posting, those who don't survive are just a name on a long lis
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Jaycee Bond
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author sent me a copy in exchange for a review. :D (wow first time saying that)

Someone, I forgot if it was another review or an update, said it was a lot like the maze runner and I completely agree. It was like like the maze runner meets hunger games. It's super violent and action packed, and I'M HERE FOR IT!

The characters are nice, the plot is too. The only thing I wished was more in the book was history. We don't really get to know how or why the world ends up being only women, why they
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Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
3.5 stars!

PULSE (Planetary Union of Life-form Salvation and Emancipation) is an intergalactic empire that was created to maintain the PULSE laws and fight for freedom for all female life-forms. The females are trained from all over the galaxy to explore new worlds and rescue any females in need. More pointedly this story surrounds what it takes to become a soldier of PULSE.

Females are brought to train at the tender age of 10. They undergo demanding and harsh training for eight years. When they r
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Jenny Lambert
This novel is probably the most action packed scyfi, I might have ever read. Normally I am not a fan of the Science Fiction genre. I always seem to have the hardest time getting into the books. But The Trial has had my full attention from page one.

In the novel you are following Stella and Faye, as well as a couple of other minor characters, as they are sent to a remote planet to do the Trials. A test that will most likely kill all contestants, in order to be a sworn member of the PULSE. The girl
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Nicola Pike
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set on Earth in the future when Earth has joined a group of other planets called the PULSE but we are the newbie runts of the pack and Earth is to be tested. Earth send their best to become Soldiers. This story is about the Trail that every human contestant must go through to become a Soldier and it is brutal.
I was enticed by the blurb. All female cast, but you know what, I kind of wished there were men in the story. The main characters are awesome. Diverse enough to feel they are three dimensio
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Monique
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Thanks so much to author Ryan Crawford for sending me this book.

I don’t read a lot of books set in space but I am so glad I gave this a chance. If you are looking for a sleek adventure with strong female leads, then this is a great book to pick up

The Trial: Pulse follows a group of strong girls who are training to become officers for PULSE, a group who maintain the law on other planets. Training in an academy for eight years, their final year before graduation sees them having to take o
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Fran
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I need to start by saying this is not for squeamish faint of heart people. Nor is it for the lovey dovey happy ending type of group. Not that it has a bad ending but it is kind of more one of those realism things. Good things happen but that does not stop the bad shit from happening as well. A sad yet honest outlook.

The civilization is brutal. The females are well sometimes straight up evil....no motherly type affection in this world. Its survival of the fittest and when the back says only 3
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Susan Hampson
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Well this is a first, an all action thrilling futuristic adventure that is pure female run. Not a bloke in sight anywhere throughout the book. And as you read you don't even give it a thought, these girls and women are some of the toughest determined and independent characters that I have read in anything else. Aliens now mix freely with humans that are seen as quite a low life as far as strength, endurance and technology are concerned, but no leniency is shown to humans as they face the same tr ...more
Zainab Sheikh
Thanks to the author for sending me an ecopy of the book.
3.5 stars

This book was a really entertaining read. It’s an action-packed sci-fi book with badass protagonists along with a bunch of creepy aliens – one of them doesn’t even have a pupil. The best thing is that it’s really unpredictable so there’s no point predicting what’s gonna happen next or who’s gonna die.

This book takes place in futuristic Earth where no man is present and the Earth is inhabited by women as well as aliens. PULSE is a
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A.B. Shepherd
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed Pulse, even though I had a bit of trouble connecting to the characters. I only started warming up to them toward the end. The writing felt a little bit "forced" and "over-written", meaning it seemed like the author spent a lot of time with his thesaurus.

Also, we kept being told how tight Fae and Stella were through their thoughts, and it seemed a bit overkill.

I got over that quickly, because the story pulled me
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Mike Tyler
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was first recommended this book to read I had no idea what to expect, with this being the author's first outing.
However, the story became captivating very early on. The characters are varied, realistic and most importantly, well-developed throughout the story. The action scenes are well-described - and often brutal - really driving home the sense of desperation the characters are in as they fight for their lives.
Sarah
(I received a digital copy of this book for free. Thanks to author R.A. Crawford.)

“And sometimes,” she paused, “you have to do bad shit to get a happy ending.”


This was a sci-fi story about a group of girls going through a terrible trial to try to become PULSE officers.

Stella was a strong character, and it was clear how much she cared for her best friend Faye. She was also pretty good at looking past old grievances as well, and seeing what was really important when it came to a matter of surv
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Abe Tyrell
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I love sci-fi and action so the genre immediately caught my attention. An all female cast and a world without men though, I wondered if perhaps I was not the target audience for this book but I'm glad to say that it did not affect my enjoyment of the book at all, it was a bloody good read. By maybe chapter 4 or 5 I was hooked and it only got better. As the story intensified the action only got more and more brutal. There are some rea ...more
Philippa Mary
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
*The author was kind enough to send me a digital copy in exchange for an honest review*

For the most part I enjoyed this book. The world this book is set in is an intriguing one, however I would have liked more information about it. I feel like more detail would have given me a much better grasp of the world. The plot was mostly engaging and fast paced - I found it to be a quick and easy read. Where this book falls down for me is the characters. I just didn't really care about them. I did not lik
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miss d briggs
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was engaged from start to finish! It reminded me of The Maze Runner, but it is better, as there is the potential for a far more climactic ending to the series and I love the intergalactic elements.

There are a multitude of characters that I fell in love with and cannot wait to read more about (as I eagerly await the next book). The action scenes constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. I do not want to ruin any scenes and so I will not detail my favourite parts and characters. However, I must
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Dom L
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pulse: The Trial is a amazing effort for first time writer Ryan Crawford. You are thrown into a new world which allows your imagination to run wild. What makes The Trial stand out is the compelling and 3 dimension characters. The protagonists are forced into complex situations and it's here where you discover the layered and intriguing personalities. The action is fast paced, descriptive and often brutal. The author seems to take inspiration from anime and at times you can't help but wince durin ...more
Anna Crawman
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a book. Full of strong female characters, one amazing adventure and aliens. Well written, so much I can actually picture each character and what they should look like. I got a real sense of the lead females and went on their incredible journey with them. I'm not sure what happened to the men, but I didn't miss them in this book. Although I really would like to know what happened to the men. I'm glad I was recommended it. Fantastic. I think if I lived in a world where PULSE existed I'm ...more
Heather Harris
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read a Sci-fi book before considering I'm a big Sci-fi fan. I found this book capitiaving from the moment I started reading, I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what had happened to the characters during their Trial. It's a fast paced book and you feel a gamut of emotions with and for the characters. I hope that there will be answers to the questions that this story raised in the next book which I can't wait to be published. Good read from this author's first book.
Huishan
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great first book. I couldn't put it down once i started reading. Can't wait for the second book to come out.
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