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The Culling

(The Culling #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  52 reviews
What happens to a girl trained as a executioner, who finds out her life is a lie?

In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners 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 ana
Published November 8th 2017 by Relay Publishing (first published November 1st 2017)
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Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
*I received this Arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

This felt like a mix of Red Rising and Ender's Game. I haven't read a dystopian novel in ages. I do enjoy them, but at this point, after having read so many now, they have just become a bit predictable for me. Ramona Finn loves all things dystopian, even from a young age so she decided to have a go and write her own. This isn't her first novel -in fact, she has a series called 'the Glitch'- which you can see from the writi
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book followed the model of every single other dystopian novel that I have read. It followed a female heroine who was the best in her trade, until she became "woke" and found out the truth behind the system.
Okay, but all jokes aside this novel follows the journey of Glade Io, a trained "assassin" of some sort, whose job is to kill people with murderous tendencies. However, she is captured by the rebel group, the Ferrymen, and her story picks up from there.
The book itself wasn't that bad, b
chloe ♡
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This reminds me of Divergent.

Which is a good thing. I haven't completed the whole series yet (YES YES I'M LAGGING BEHIND IN READING MAINSTREAM BOOKS MY SISTER KEEPS YELLING AT ME TO FINISH READING IT), but I really enjoyed reading the first book. Glade is super similar to Tris - she's brave, intelligent, strong i.e. badass. Bonus: she's really good with computers. 😍


The scenes are all written in small detail and I really enjoyed reading them. Gla
Glade Io is a Datapoint. She has been groomed by The Authority to carry out the Culling. It's her job to cull anyone showing violent or murderous tendencies. She wholeheartedly believes that she is making their world a better place to live in, but that all changes when she is kidnapped by a rebel group known as the Ferryman. While in captivity, she learns that what she believes to be true, may not be, and that The Authority is different than she was led to believe.

I have the kindle copy of this
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Relay Publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

4.5 stars!

You would think that in the years of the Hunger Games and even going as far back as the Handmaid's Tale and 1984 that dystopians would have run their course. That they would have been dried up by now. Because let's be real, how many dystopians can really be out there and not all sound the same?

Well, allow me to point you in the direction of The Cull
Lelia Taylor
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
3.5 stars

Now, this is a dystopian concept that I haven’t run into before and fresh ideas are always welcome. Much of the tale’s plot and the behavior of the characters is similar to many other books but that all supports the central theme, that sociopathic tendencies can be harnessed to do the bidding of an evil government without a care or concern.

Glade is one of those sociopaths and, after being snatched from her mother and younger sisters as a young girl, she has been melded, in a manner of s
Hedi [ The Dutch Reader ]
This book was given to me by Netgally in return for a honest review

Well, let me break it down for you. The Culling is a story about a dystopian future were earth is no longer a place for humans. The humans have moved to different planets in the solar system and a new goverment has been leading the people ever since. To protect everyone from a few murders people the Culling was invented, wer every so often a group of modified humans cull a group off people that are believed to be murders. Not
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed on behalf of,
This is book one in the trilogy. This book starts just as a culling takes place, and six year old Glade watches her father struck down and then his body is dragged away.
The Colonies are on the different planets, and are controlled by The Authority who are rule all the planets. They are responsible for the culling of all citizens showing violent or murderous tendencies.
The Culling take place every ten years.
They used datapoints, humans with tech integ
Dee/ bookworm
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
publisher synopsis: What happens to a girl trained as a executioner, who finds out her life is a lie?

In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners 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 designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threa
Emris Lindsay
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and absorbing sci-fi story with great characters and an awesome storyline. Glade is on a journey of seeking the truth but which is it, who does she trust and can she trust the one that made her feel things she had never before felt. A rather confused young lady but one who is determined to finding the answer to her search, the truthful one that is. Finding out you have feelings for the enemy, has twisted her scenario into a dangerous one, not only is she now searching for the truth ...more
I was given this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review- thanks!

A solid sci-fi dystopia where humanity is scattered among colonies on the outer planets and moons. Glade, our heroine and main POV, is a Datapoint, meaning she has been implanted with technology and trained to identify and remove threats to society. She believes this means she's stopping murderers, but it turns out she might be stopping anyone who dares question the government. Good settings and interesting side cha
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating story

I devoured this book in one sitting. Glade was a strong female character but identifiable as she struggled with accepting what she had been told her entire life and trying to control her emotions. Interesting world building on a space station with nuances of The Matrix and whether she would accept her new reality or choose to tow the line like a good datapoint. I have just bought book 2 and cannot wait to see what Glade does next.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
It is the distant future. People no longer live on Earth. Now we live across the galaxy, in colonies on distant (and some near) planets. All humans are ruled by The Authority, an organization made up of 7 people who claim to protect us and keep us safe from each other. To do this The Culling was created as a way to weed out the people who have murderous and violent thoughts and remove them from society (essentially kill them). Our protagonist, Glade Io, is part of the elite group of people who l ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it

This wasn't bad but it wasn't something too good, either. I guess, it was like any other dystopian book out there, except for a few things that did stand out. For one, the romance is really good. The main character, Glade, doesn't fall for the guy instantly, neither does he for her. Their relationship is developed quite steadily, and while both were majority of the times at extreme opposite poles in terms of opinions, their views gradually become one and they develop a trust for each other,
Tèo Sip
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Repetition at its finest. During only a short conversation, the heroine managed to toss her hair 6th fucking times :)

Chapter 1:
- “I cleared my throat and tossed my long black hair back over my shoulder.”

- “I tossed my long hair back over my shoulders.”

- “Behind his back, I tossed my mane of hair again.”

- “I tossed my hair back again and Haven followed the movement absently with his eyes.”

- “Halfway through tossing my hair, I froze.”

- “I tossed my glossy black hair back over my shoulders and took
It took me a while to get into this book but I’m glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the characters and the main struggle. Glade Io is a pretty standard main character. She’s likable but a bit flawed in her absolute belief in the Authority. Still, I felt it was true to her character that she wouldn’t immediately believe those that oppose the Authority. It’s that struggle (Glade’s ability to parse the truth) that really drew me in.

The Ferrymen of Charon are your standard rebels or resistance.
Julia Keizer
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

I absolutely loved this book. I stayed up late reading this book and not wanting to put it down. It is quick and entertaining. Suspenseful and full of literary prose that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I love Young Adult, and #TheCulling did not fail to impress. There was the perfect blend of romance, suspense and adventure with a strong female character. Great descriptive sentences with one of my favorite lines being

"His hair was like gossamer spider webs, perfectly metallic in color" *Loc280.

Elena Alvarez Dosil
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a galaxy controlled by the Authority, for which Glade Io is one of the people in charge of executing violent and rogue citizens remotely with the help of technology and the power of her mind, things are not what they seem. Was Glade's father really violent and was his death 'fair'? Amidst all these doubts, Glade is kidnapped by Ferrymen, people from a rogue planet that believe in very different things than the Authority.

This was a good dystopian story, with a good world building and some orig
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: solid
This book falls somewhere around the very center of the bell curve for its genre. It's not bad -- it certainly has a place to fill in the teen dystopian market. Essentially, The Culling is like if Scythe by Neal Shusterman met Scott Westerfield's Uglies.

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 s
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it

This book was a good book and I have mixed feelings about it. It had all the themes that a lot of other dystopian books have looked into so because of this I felt that it wasn’t very original however the whole idea of a Datapoint was very interesting.

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
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Glade Io was taken from her home at a young age to be trained as an assassin. Glade’s job is to cull out people that have murderous or violent tendencies to help make the world a better place to live.

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 inve
Tiffany Jones
In a solar system where who lives and who dies is decided by The Authority, it’s only one of their own executioners who has the potential to stop them. Glade Io is a Datapoint, a trained killer. She was marked at a young age as an individual with violent, sociopathic tendencies, and was taken away from her family, so that she could be trained as a Datapoint, a biotech enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She has been designed to identify and destroy anyone who may, potentially threaten t ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The Culling is about a terrible future not just for Earth but for the entire solar system. The Authority has taken over and it is their practice to rid the solar system of those who have violent tendencies through what they call culling. They have teenagers called Datapoints who have been sync
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Culling, book 1 of a 3 part series by Ramona Finn, this book was amazing and I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
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 a
Bookish Addict
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced dystopian scifi full of action and I enjoyed it! What set this one apart from the usual dystopian is the scifi aspect. There are different colonies throughout the solar system occupied by humans where the Authority, who are the government, is trying to keep control over the population by eliminating those who have violent tendencies by culling them. Or so they say... It's kind of like Minority Report and Ender's Game combined. Children are selected based on their sociopath levels an ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read. The plot felt familiar to every other dystopian book I’ve read in the past 5 years (like other reviewers), however the story was interesting and kept me interested. I’ll definitely read the next book when it comes out in January.

The positives:
• I really liked that the main character questioned things without others telling her to.

• It was a good story line, kind of like Enders game meets the hunger games.

• I think the writing style and detail was on par with most young adult book
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure how to feel about this book. I've read a lot of dystopian books over the last 2 years and they're starting to feel very similar. However the book is well written and the characters are really interesting. The concept of the Culling is horrific and even worse that they train teenagers to carry it out.

Glade is a great lead character and an interesting contradiction, chosen for her sociopath tendencies and trained to be unfeeling she does still care, a lot in some cases.

cathy lynne smith
Slow beginning

I always finish a book I start. That being said I almost gave up on this one by 30% in. It was sooooo boring and I was struggling to pay attention. But I stuck it out and I'm happy I did. The story did pick up, and I really enjoyed the dystopian aspect from a different side. The main character of the story is actually on the side of "The Authority" rather than being a rebel to begin with. You see her begin to doubt her governing body and what they represent. I'm going to give the n
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What if you lived in a world sort of like hunger games, but people were culled by the government by a program used by teenagers to get rid of any who murder or are rebels to said government. You are trained to do this and never questioned until a rebel force takes you and tells you things you never heard of. Glade is brought to think the government culling program is perfect and to be trained to do it was an honor until things suddenly change. Haven’t read a dystopian in awhile and the character ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read

Glade Io..... main character and I love her!! This book had me hooked from the start, especially Glade's strength, intelligence and heart.

Dahn.... friend to Glade and wee bit annoying because he's so ingrained in the world they live in and never questions unlike Glade.

Kupier..... leader of the rebel faction called The Ferrymen. He's super cool and befriends Glade and yup the get PG "friendly" towards the end!

This book is a great dystopian novel and I look forward to book 2.
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Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. 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 plot lines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.


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