Monday, March 31, 2008

The Culled

The Culled by Simon Spurrier is the first book in the series The Afterblight Chronicles. It was published in 2006 and has 379 pages.
Now, time for a little honesty: if you're picking up a novel like this to read you aren't looking for great literature so we'll skip giving this novel a rating. This is pure action packed trash that has huge plot holes and makes enormous leaps in logic. It also has lots of guns, battles, and swearing by it's superhuman like former M16 hero. Although I enjoyed it, I'm not recommending The Culled. If and when you want to read a novel like this, you will know how to find one. It won't pass the first 50 pages test, but keep reading beyond that for more action and less reliance on swearing to fill dialog. Good airplane book.

Book Description from back cover:
The Blight arose from nowhere. It swept across the bickering nations like the End of Times and spared only those with a single fortuitous blood type.

Hot headed religion and territorial savagery ruled the cities now. Somewhere amidst the chaos a damaged man received a signal, and with it the tiniest flicker of hope. The chance to rediscover the humanity he lost, long ago, in the blood and filth and horror of The Cull.
Quotes (so you all know):
"On the roof I puked again. The throbbing in my ear was jacking about with my sense of direction, and it didn't help when the moonlit city put itself together bit-by-bit inside my topsy-turvy bearings." pg. 200

"When he spoke it was with an enthusiastically sleazy good nature - like a mischievous schoolboy who discovered German hardcore before he discovered snot-eating contests - and I found myself liking him and wanting to disinfect him in equal measure." pg. 249

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