The Culling

The Culling Recruitment Day is hereif you fail a loved one will dieFor Lucian Lucky Spark Recruitment Day means the Establishment a totalitarian government will force him to become one of five Recruits compet

Recruitment Day is hereif you fail, a loved one will dieFor Lucian Lucky Spark, Recruitment Day means the Establishment, a totalitarian government, will force him to become one of five Recruits competing to join the ruthless Imposer task force Each Recruit participates in increasingly difficult and violent military training for a chance to advance to the next leveRecruitment Day is hereif you fail, a loved one will dieFor Lucian Lucky Spark, Recruitment Day means the Establishment, a totalitarian government, will force him to become one of five Recruits competing to join the ruthless Imposer task force Each Recruit participates in increasingly difficult and violent military training for a chance to advance to the next level Those who fail must choose an Incentive a family member to be brutally killed If Lucky fails, he ll have to choose death for his only living relative Cole, his four year old brother.Lucky will do everything he can to keep his brother alive, even if it means sacrificing the lives of other Recruits loved ones What Lucky isn t prepared for is his undeniable attraction to the handsome, rebellious Digory Tycho While Lucky and Digory train together, their relationship grows But daring to care for another Recruit in a world where love is used as the ultimate weapon is extremely dangerous As Lucky soon learns, the consequences can be deadly

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  1. Steven dos Santos is author of THE TORCH KEEPER novels, a Young Adult Post Apocalyptic series Book One, THE CULLING, was released by FLUX Books in March of 2013, and named an American Library Association 2014 Rainbow List Top Ten Selection Book Two, THE SOWING, was released on March 8, 2014 Steven is currently finalizing Book 3 of The Torch Keeper series, THE RAISING His new novel, DAGGER, a Young Adult Paranormal Espionage Adventure, was released by Evernight Teen in September 2015 Steven is a Team Member of We Need Diverse Books and is represented by literary agent, Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd Steven studied Motion Picture production at University of Miami and graduated from Florida International University with a B.S Degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Television Broadcasting program He is a passionate advocate of LGBT rights To learn about Steven, visit his website stevendossantos.You can also connect with him on Facebook facebook stevendossantosauthor Twitter twitter stevendossantos, twitter thetorchkeeper and Tumblr stevendossantos.tumblr.You can also add Steven s books to your reading list here book show 2 book show 12 book show 1

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  1. There s this word we use in Britain and, judging by the puzzled looks on the faces of my University s international students, it is quite possible it isn t used anywhere else The word is gutted Not gutted like gutting a fish though I m sure that s where it comes from but gutted as in extremely disappointed Gutted as in I m gutted at having my year long trip plans ruined by a bout of unexpected snow also a British thing as other places seem to know how to cope with bad weather Here it s like Oh g [...]

  2. This review is also available over at my blog.______________________Okay, I think I ve recovered I think.The first time I d heard about this book, I was excited because it was a YA dystopian with a GLBT romance, which I ve been waiting aaaages for So I was ecstatic when I saw this on NetGalley and when the publisher approved me for it.Little did I know what a wild, insane ride this book was going to be.My emotions were splattered all over the walls and floors non stop as I read this Because let [...]

  3. So I was looking at my favourite books and realized I didn t write a review for The Culling which is weird to me.The Culling is a dystopian novel that follows a boy named Lucian Lucky Spark He gets chosen to participate in these trials that the government has to pick one new military government army person a year This book is one of my favourite books in the world It is a LGBT novel but it is done so without actually making it about that In this world, no one bats an eyelash when you date someon [...]

  4. Review originally written for SnarkSquadsnarksquad 2013 01 the culling by steven dos santos disappointingmlIn a nutshell The Hunger Games with a gay romance and a million times contrivance Main Character Lucky can apparently read all of your emotions in your eyes Like, he can tell you entire paragraphs worth of your back story, because he saw you look at something You were clearly looking longingly at that cupcake, but can never have it because of some deep traumatic past relationship, in which [...]

  5. Join The Culling Official fan Forumchaosreads forum 69 the toOHMYGODThis book was amazing and I am so annoyed that it is over with already I have to read this again because my mind and my heart couldn t take it.Here s my review1 Plot The Writing Pacing A plusLet s get this out the wayYes, the book is very hunger games like The Whole Recruits Tributes thing is very similar Except unlike in HG even a book like divergent, the stakes are higher In HG, you have to make it to end of the games for your [...]

  6. Find this and other Reviews at InToriLex Actual Rating 2.5 StarsI tried my hardest to give this book a fair chance, considering there are a lot of critiques centered around how similar this was to hunger games Unfortunately the writing and ideas involved seemed better on their own, then working together to give a compelling narrative Lucky the protagonist who has to work to save his brother just did not connect with me in a meaningful way I did appreciate the non straight romance, but even that [...]

  7. Okudu um en iyi distopyalardan biriydi hatta en iyiyi zorlar bile Uyumsuzdan kat kat iyi A l k oyunlar yla kafa kafaya yar r hatta Fazla ac mas z ve fazlas yla ger ek i Asker olarak yeti tirilecek 5 gen var ve bu 5 gencin sevdi i iki ki i esir al n yor Daha sonra bunlar nce e itime daha sonrada testlere tabi tutuyorlar ve hata yapmalar halinde sevdikleri iki ki iden birini se ip l m ne neden oluyorlar Her hatan n sonucunda se im yapmak zorunda b rak lmalar o kadar ac mas z ki Hele ana karakterin [...]

  8. I marked this as to read but had the ultimate pleasure of reading the original, pre published draft already I know this book is amazing I absolutely recommend this book to EVERYONE An awesome dystopian YA featuring gay characters YAY

  9. The salt air stings my eyes Not every story has a happy ending, but that doesn t mean it s not worth telling I turn away Concentrating on the brightest star I can find, I hope he won t notice I m doing everything possible not to give in to the ache I feel for my brother I wonder what it could be like, Lucian, to love someone so totally, know, so powerfully, that even the stars can t contain themselves from proclaiming that love for everyone to see, he says softly It must be the grandest f [...]

  10. Thanks to the success of the Hunger Games young adult dystopian fiction is seeing an influx of similar storylines The Culling is one of these The plot and its evolution are remarkable similar A teenage boy has to fight against other kids in a government sponsored contest in a post apocalyptic world with his younger brother s life in the balance.Steven dos Santos does a credible job creating the world for the reader and providing some interesting characters and back stories The main problem is th [...]

  11. I love a lot of books, so when people ask me what my favorite is, it is incredibly difficult for me to come up with a title However, I think now I might finally be able to come up with an easy answer.In The Culling by Steven dos Santos Lucian Lucky Spark has been recruited for training by the totalitarian government known as The Establishment According to Establishment rules, if a recruit fails any level of the violent training competitions, a family member is brutally killed and the recruit ha [...]

  12. 1.5 starsThis is like The Hunger Games without the character, plot, or world development, and with writing that smacks of senior high school English I was so excited for this book to come out, because it s dystopia, and it s YA it s dystopian YA What not to like, right A lot, as it turns out My first clue was that the Kindle edition cost only 5 that is almost always a bad sign dos Santos writes in the 1st person present, and the narrative is full of awkward, eye roll inducing metaphors Instead o [...]

  13. Lucian Sparks lives in a world ruled by the Establishment, a cruel, dictatorial government Wanting to protect his four year old brother Cole, Lucian seeks out his childhood friend Cassius, who is now in a position of power, for help But when Cassius thinks Lucian has chosen rebel Digory Tycho over him, he punishes Lucian by making both Digory and Lucian recruits, who are forced to compete against each other in a series of task If a recruit fails, he is punished by choosing an incentive a loved o [...]

  14. 4.5 stars The Culling is a book that I have been itching to read, ever since I first heard of it a few months back Why Because it s a dystopian novel with a gay protagonist Dystopian is one of my favorite sub genre within the young adult genre, and I ll also admit a huge passion for GLBT novels A gay themed dystopian YA is something I d never heard of before, but it sounded amazeballs So I was absolutely psyched for Santos debut novel, and when it popped up on Netgalley, I jumped on it right awa [...]

  15. Originally Posted on howlingbooksanddesignThis dystopian tale is plain crazy I think it can best be described as as Hunger Games with a Battle Royale twist I loved the book, but I found the ending a bit depressing It leaves you wonder the fate of our main character, Lucky Lucien After the trails these characters go through I don t know how they would come out sane I think I would go crazy by what happen The Culling takes place in the town of Perish, which is under the control of something called [...]

  16. Lucian s little brother, Cole, calls him Lucky which is sort of ironic in the world they live in But Lucian still does whatever is in his power to keep Cole happy, and innocent and believing in things like faery tales Then, after a bad turn of fate, Lucian is betrayed and drafted to participate in The Recruitment He will have to do everything in his power to win the trials that await him if he hopes to see his brother again But winning the trials would mean eliminating all competition, including [...]

  17. Not every story has a happy ending, but that doesn t mean it s not worth telling THE HUNGER GAMES MEETS DIVERGENT MEETS DARK EDEN with an awesome TWIST 5 STARSI CAN T EXPLAIN HOW I MUCH LOVE THIS BOOK ALMOST EVERYTHING I WANT TO FIND IN A BOOK IS IN HERE What could be worse than having the person you love not want to have anything to do with you THE ENDING LEAVES ME HANGING WITH THOUSANDS OF QUESTIONS AND I HOPE THEY WILL BE ANSWERED ON THE SECOND BOOK But the moment you stop believing that it s [...]

  18. I literally cried multiple times throughout this book It really disappoints me though when my friends refuse this book as a recommendation because they presume it is going to be exactly like the Hunger Games Sure, there are many similarities between the two series plots However, in my opinion, The Culling makes logical sense in regards to the plot line and setting, etc In my attempts to not spoil the entire novel, this is definitely not another novel to wave away for its somewhat familiar plot [...]

  19. This is a great book, I find it hard to find an action YA book with a gay character, this book has everything, a great story, great characters and a good pace I am an instant fan of Steven dos Santos.

  20. i love this book, it was similar to the hunger games when it comes to an apparent totalitarian society but that s where it ends This book was so much realistic and darker than the hunger games The romance in this book is just too perfect for words I can t wait for the next book.

  21. Not every story has a happy ending, but that doesn t mean it s not worth telling EXTREMELY RELEVANT QUOTATION FROM THIS BOOK.

  22. What Just Happened ______________________________Okay, with the freaking out over, let me just say this book is absolutely fantastic As a dystopian lover, I thought I was prepared for anything Haha, NOPE I first picked up the book hearing it was a LGBT book, and come on, we really don t have enough of those in the world But after looking at a few reviews and hearing it was dystopian as well, I was sorta standing there in awe like, Wait This book is LGBT and dystopia JACKPOT.And jackpot was right [...]

  23. OMG I love loved loved this book It was so amazing It had everything a great dystopian book should have a repressive government, family love, a love interest, friends, hardships, violence and success It had characters you love and characters you hate It makes you fell an array of emotions love, hate, sadness, happiness, despair Basically the book is about the government called the Establishment, who rules the country with an iron fist The police called imposers are able to do whatever they want [...]

  24. 4.25 starsI was never an avid reader of YA fiction, not even when I was the right age for it Thematically, they rarely captured my interest and imagination However, that doesn t mean there weren t any Barry Lyga s I Hunt Killers or Aterovis s Bleeding Hearts are just two of those I could mention In the end, a good book is a good book it captures your attention regardless of your age or interests And The Culling is a good book and exceptional debut novel.The civilization as we know it has ended i [...]

  25. Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.I had wanted to read The Culling since Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries mentioned it in a Waiting on Wednesday post When I saw it available on NetGalley, I requested it straight away and was reminded that the protagonist is gay I just knew I had to review it for LGBTQ YA Month, and I m so glad I did This book is AMAZING Lucian Lucky Spark lives in a dystopian police state, where, once teenagers reach the age of 16, they are entered into the ballot to becom [...]

  26. I don t want to be unfair here, so I ll say right away that this book wasn t for me It s too violent and too gorey and too I don t know, slash horror ish for me That said, I liked it, I guess I read the whole thing n the whole, the story was interesting This kind of plot requires a lot of cruelty, and the author was pretty creative in that All in all, this book was way evil than the Hunger Games But the pace was a bit off, and I had some trouble with the setting and the characterization and, si [...]

  27. Although not exactly easy to categorize, The Culling by Steven Dos Santos is a remarkable book The futuristic setting, within an environment that is desolate and bleak, under the iron fisted rule of a totalitarian government, suggests the story is a dystopia Yet it is not immediately clear on which world the story is set, be it real or imaginary Though all the central characters are young adult, the story itself depicts intensely graphic and horrific scenes that are grotesque, gruesome, and far [...]

  28. Detailed Review First things, first IS LUCIAN GAY When I read the first part of the book, I was thinking whether Lucian was really gay or something Then again, I continued my voyage through the sea of words and I realized that Lucian is gay I find it hard to believe but yet it is undeniable that the author had actually written his main character as someone who is gay but it s fascinating to see how it turns out.How the story unfurls into a world where the weak must die and the strong reigns Digo [...]

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