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.
About the Author: Ramona Finn
Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!
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 plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.
Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question ;).
About the Narrator: Stacey Glemboski
Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best-selling authors. Many of her favorite books have been for kids and teens, but all genres of narration appeal to her. For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling. Outside the studio, Stacey is an avid tennis player and fitness enthusiast. She enjoys dog walks, paddle boarding, and most any outdoor activities.
The Culling by Ramona Finn was a well written and well narrated audiobook that grabbed my interest as soon as I saw the cover and its synopsis only furthered my interest. The first three chapters had me hooked and unable to stop listening which of course led me to finishing all 8 hours and 39 minutes with only the occasional food and bathroom break forcing me to hit the dreaded pause button.
The audio quality was very high and the narrator spoke very clearly. There was never a time where I had to rewind to rehear a word. Stacey Glemboski truly outdid herself with her narration of this book.
The story line was clearly well planned and the characters had complete backgrounds that made them feel like real people that I could feel emotionally attached to. Glade Io was very much my favorite character and the main reason that I could not stop reading. I really hope that I get a chance to read/listen to the rest of the series in the future!
I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.