Friday, February 3, 2012

The Culling by J.C. Andrijeski

This book was not on my list for this month but I was given the opportunity by the author to review it. And boy I am I glad I was able to. :].

The Culling (The Slave Girl Chronicles, #1)The Culling by J.C. Andrijeski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Jet is a 19-year-old skag, one of the humans still living free on Earth following an invasion of creatures called the Nirreth. Squatting in the ruins of Vancouver, Jet and her family eke out an existence underground, hiding from the culler ships. No one knows where the ships take the people they take, but they never return. When a culler finds Jet, she may discover the truth the hard way...and end up living among the very creatures that have enslaved her." Amazon Description

This book is just...Amazing. Andrijeski takes a new spin on dystopian by throwing aliens into the mix and boy does it work. This book does have a hunger games vibe going on but!!! It is definitely different. The only thing remotely like hunger games is the fighting arena and from the looks of it that's not even close. Now I mention this because I feel that author had a similar idea but went about it in a whole different manner. The idea of the whole book actually reminds me of ancient Greece more than anything. Sort of like the whole gladiator fights and how they were practically second class citizens. I know I'm using two different descriptions but thats the only way to describe the amazing thought put into this book. The character Jet... She's strong and determined and could basically look anything in the face if she had to. She also has her weaknesses but she's the type of character that don't let others see it. This just makes her character more interesting. The plot twists with the other characters of this book was just... Unexpected. Now just because they were unexpected doesn't mean they weren't good. They were great and made me keep turning the pages to find out more. The author basically made earth seem like a whole other world. Like one moment you picture how cities would look once abandoned and then the next you get this whole new place that was like another world on earth. The Alien invaders were also well thought out. The way they look, how they act, the depth of some of them that you don't expect. It made me go from disliking the Aliens to actually loving them. This book was great and I suggest if you like strong female characters, dystopian novels,aliens, and even young adult books in general; then you should read this book. I honestly can't wait for the sequel.

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