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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 threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.  

Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out.

©2017 Relay Publishing (P)2018 Relay Publishing

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Much better than I thought!!

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 since it came out but never got the time to read it, and to be honest, I was getting a little fed up with the tropes in the dystopian genre. But when it came to audio, I jumped at the chance to listen. Well, this book was awesome!! It was so much better than I thought and I flew through it.

I really liked the idea of the plot. The Earth is uninhabitable, or so the Authority will have you believe, so everyone lives on different planets in the solar system. The Authority rules all and has a firm grip over everyone. Every few years, they use the Datapoints to Cull the population. With the use of their biotech, they are able to determine who will show violent or murderous tendencies and they then cull them. The plot held a steady pace and kept my attention throughout.

I really liked Glade Io. She was brave and wasn't like the rest of the Datapoints. Even though she was brainwashed since she was young, she didn't enjoy her job and did wonder about it. The only reason she kept doing it was because she wanted to save her sisters from the life she has to live. Once she gets kidnapped and meets Kupier, she starts to question everything and is determined to get to the truth.

In all, this was a great read. I mean, it does follow the usual pattern of girl realising the bosses are evil, girl also finding out she is special and the only one able to either stop them or help them destroy the world, and there is always a boy!! Even with this formula, I still ended up loving it. The world building and character development was awesome and I can not wait to read the next one!!

Stacey Glemboski read this really well. She portrayed Glade perfectly and her tones and cadences brought the story to life. She was easy to listen to and I loved her performance. I will have to check out more by her.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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I have mixed feelings...

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.

Overall it's left me with a desire to know what's going to happen next.

The narration is excellent, great character voices and the delivery is emotive and dynamic.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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"We Don't Have to Be Enemies"

I received this audiobook free from the author and I am willingly reviewing it.

I wanted to listen to this book because I had heard some of the narrator's work before and the story looked very interesting. I was not disappointed. The idea of culling out individuals and using technologically enhanced datapoints to do the work hooked me into the story. The character development was top-notch. We get to see both sides - the so-called good guys and bad guys. I like how the author changes POV between Glade and Kupier. The narrator does an excellent job letting you know not only which character is speaking, but which POV your viewing. She even changes her delivery slightly depending on which main character's POV you're in. Very glad I took the time to listen, and I will definitely want to hear the next book.

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Excellent start to a sure to be great trilogy!

This author and narrator are both new to me.

The description of the book was an immediate draw and interest to me. I love the idea of a alternate world where we live and survive by different rules brought on by circumstances outside of our control. In this book it was brought on my the Earth no longer being inhabitable.

The story was well thought out and well written. I didn't feel as though there were any outstanding and unbelievable occurrences that happened that the author didn't make me believe was inside the realm of possibility. I am truly looking forward to getting my hands on the next book.

I thought the narrator was excellent. A lot of times a narrator can make or break a story. However, this particular narrator was truly talented. She played each character well and the emotion and tone was spot on.

Overall this is an audiobook and book I would recommend.

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Entertaining

Wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but it held up! Good narration great characters. Story pulled me through from beginning to end.

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 05-18-18

Very good!

Set in the far future where Earth is no longer and the people have been sent out to colonize the solar systems, The Culling premise reminded me of the Hunger Games...and I enjoyed this one every bit as much. The idea of Datapoints and how they are integrated with a technology that allowed people to see and 'Cull' the 'bad' people from society is a new one for me. Very disturbing, as well. The Authority is apparently a new ruling system and they are just as corrupt as...most. The author used 1st person for Glade and 3rd peson for the others, but, that didn't disturb me as much as it apparently did others. Maybe because I listened to the audiobook version and Stacey Glemboski does a really good job of expressing the differences in the characters, so maybe that is the difference. I enjoyed her voice, her narrations and her characters. I hope to listen to more of her work.
I hope to listen to book 2 very soon!

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Had my heart racing

What a great start to a new series! I’ll. Skip the recap as Ramona Finn has done a great job of that in the blurb. Glade instantly became one of my favorite female characters, she’s so strong even with all she has had to endure physically, emotionally and mentally. She fought so hard to fight what was happening to her until her family was threatened. Kupier is everything you want in a male lead character. This s my first book by Ramona Finn, she is a great story teller and did a great job with characters development. Definitely recommend and can’t wait for the next book to find out what happens

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  • Trisha
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 05-09-18

The future of Earth

This was a fascinating tale for me. It held many warnings for the future. In the story, every 10 years there is a "Culling" where all the people who will be/could be wicked, murderous people are culled from society. When one of the people who is being trained to do the culling is kidnapped by those who oppose it greatly, you have this gripping story unfold. Honestly, I can't wait to see where this series leads. The story lured me and and the narration of the book could not have made the story come alive better!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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Dystopian at its best

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 building, setting, problems, and etc was awesome.

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  • Anniiiiiiiitttttaaaaaa
  • 06-12-18

Unreal listen, great dystopian!

Firstly Stacey Glemboski made this audiobook for me. I loved listening to her voice, she captivated me with her different characters and I was drawn into this sy-fy world. Amazing! Now to Ramona Finn, I picked up this audiobook because of the blurb, the idea of The Culling was unique and intrigued me. I loved the Hunger Game and the blurb reminded me of that and I wasn't disappointed. It was great, but not the same. It has unique characters and unique gizmos and technology. I loved Kupier and warmed to Glade by the end of the book. Can't wait for the next in the series!