arc review: the culling


the culling
4.5 stars


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!

expected publication: november 8

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 Culling. Because this was absolutely phenomenal and I’m highly upset that I have to wait until January to get my hands on the next book.

I loved the concept of Datapoints. Humans with tech in their bodies which makes them nearly robots along with sociopathic tendencies. Count me in! I was fascinated and also slightly afraid of them. I wouldn’t want to come across a Datapoint in a dark alley at night, that’s for sure.

I really enjoyed Glade’s POV. Sure, she was so entrenched in the belief of the Authority but I also liked that she questioned things. Even before she met Kupier. She had constantly questioned everything. I liked her confidence and I liked she was really into computers. Anytime a girl is interested in anything considered not girly, I get excited because that is awesome rep for girls in the science and technology field.

I also enjoyed that the POV was exclusive to just Glade. It added more to the story because clearly Glade didn’t know everything. With Jan Ernst Haven, we got a more sinister look of things that were happen. With Kupier, we got a look at the rebels who were trying to take the Authority down. With Dahn, we got a look inside what is considered the perfect Datapoint. Every POV brought something to the table and enhanced the story.

If I could offer one teeny tiny complaint, it would that I would have liked to have learned more about the creation of the Authority. How did humans attain space travel and are able to live in different planets? (Glade was from Io, a moon of Jupiter) How did someone come up with the idea of Culling? I would have liked to learn more about the tech and how it connects to the Datapoint. Just little things like that. I’m one of those that really love backstories.

Other than my super tiny complaint, this book was really spot on. I think this will be a great series and I’m anxious to see where it will go.




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