• The Culling: The Complete Series

  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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The Culling

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 who 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.

The Authority 

When everything she’s ever known is a lie, one young woman must make a choice that could change the course of history.

Glade Io is torn between two worlds. She’s a trained killing machine - selected by the ruthless Authority to be a Datapoint, a tech-enabled agent of the state who eliminates threats to the human colonies throughout the solar system in the Culling. But her time among rogue colonists called the Ferrymen has convinced her that the Authority has far more sinister plans in store, and all the justifications they fed to her are lies.

Vowing to help the rebels fight the Authority from the inside, Glade must sabotage a captured Ferryman ship that the Authority is planning to use to attack the Ferrymen stronghold.

Though Glade is drawn to the brave leader of the Ferrymen, Kupier, she has older loyalties, as well. Her friend and mentor Dahn Enceladus is charismatic and ambitious, but although Glade cares for him, she can no longer trust him. Her younger sisters are also in danger of facing Datapoint testing, and now, she’s being forced into an upgrade she cannot refuse.

But help is about to arrive in an unlikely form: a ghost from her distant past. 

The Ferrymen

Torn in two directions, Glade must make one fateful choice - for herself and the future of humanity. 

Glade Io is a rebel. Having fled with her younger sisters to live among the Ferrymen, she knows there is no going back now. She is committed to the cause of overthrowing the brutal Authority, and she trains her new comrades in the art of combating Datapoints like herself - those tasked with the Ferrymen’s destruction.

Meanwhile, Ferryman leader Kupier longs to travel the stars with Glade, free from constant war, but to do that he believes they must strike the Authority at its heart: the ancestral homeworld of Earth.

Glade is hesitant; she hopes taking out the Datapoints living on the Station will be enough. But when the time comes, Glade faces the specter of killing her former friends in cold blood, and her former mentor Dahn Enceladus tells her that the Authority has eyes and ears within the rebel stronghold.

Now, Glade faces a dilemma: sabotage the Authority from within, or return to fight alongside the Ferrymen, possibly putting her sisters’ lives in danger.

©2018 Relay Publishing (P)2020 Relay Publishing

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Great idea, lacking development

I mean, it was fine. I began to get pretty bored halfway through book two. I found myself liking the world building better than the actual relationships and events. Too bad the world building basically ended after book one. The relationships were sloppy and a little under developed.

The entire series Glade was worried about her sisters, but the author did not introduce the sisters or develop them in a way that made me care about them. it was just getting annoying having to hear about them and honestly they brought absolutely nothing to the storyline. It was supposed to be the trust link between Glade and Kupier, but the author could've figured out another way to do that without including two completely useless characters.

Dahn was a little bit too emotional to be believable as being heartless and completely loyal to the Authority. Some strands of his story never fully connected and left his character development weak.

Kupier's character was well developed, and the narrator did a great job with his voice, but I was always left trying to figure out how old he was and the way the author explained his appearance was frustrating, as it was so generic. I had a hard time envisioning his appearance, which really just pulled me out of his storyline.

Great idea, minimal world development, lacking character development, decent ending.

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Sci-Fi Adventure Story

I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of The Culling: The Complete Series by Ramona Finn and narrated by Stacey Glemboski. This was a very entertaining and engaging series. Character development was good and consistent throughout the book. I enjoyed the story very much. Of course being read by Stacey Glemboski was the icing on the cake.

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Teenage years!

This series had a good story to tell but unfortunately, it reminded me of 29 hours of listening to teenagers argue in my ear. Too much introspection by the main character to be a great book I would want to listen to again.

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Eh…

The writing isn’t terrible in this series, but it’s hard to ignore that a 16 yo girl is being manipulated, kidnapped, tortured by men the entire time, in the name of “love” and obsession over how special she is. She is continually held and squeezed into literal tight spaces with men, one of which is not a teenager himself. And her relationships with women are combative, barely explored, and ended in some way. It reads like a book with decent plot, but written 50 years ago by a guy who thinks he is empowering the girl in the story.

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very well written

this was an awesome story. I'm usually not into outer space stories but this one grabbed me from beginning to end. the narration was great. highly recommend.

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very good

has great story. There's a little repetitivness in the story. kid of feels like the writer was repeating things to make the chapter longer. but only a couple of times. other then that was really good

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really great story.

I enjoyed every minute of this trilogy. it was political, emotional, no unnecessary sex every three pages! it is a very pleasant listen.

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Great story, couldn’t put it down. looking forward to reading other books by this author!

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Returned the book

The story would have been better if not so focused on the boys and hormones. I returned the book before finishing it. It had potential.

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Culling

Very interesting. kept my attention focused throughout. Good stretched out plot with a little of everything.