The Culling (The Culling book 1) by Tricia Wentworth

This is the first book in The Culling series.

150 years after a virus wipes out most of the world’s population, Reagan Scott finds herself chosen for the State of the Union’s fifth Culling. She will compete against 49 of the country’s brightest girls. And then, of course, there are the 50 boys. She’ll have to pair up with one for her shot at becoming the next Presidential Couple.

Though the government truly means well, not everything is as it seems. She will be tested to the fullest extent while an evil storm brews.

With eliminations happening frequently, how far can she make it? And if she makes it far enough to meet the boys, how can she be expected to, at just 18 years of age, find a partner… for life? Does she have what it takes to be the next Madam President?

This book was absolutely fantastic. The storyline was brilliant, the characters was great and the plot development and pace was good.

Reagan was a brilliant character. She was smart, yet strong. I liked her she came across and I do believe she is the right person for the job.

Love triangles can go either way I think. But this one was pulled off well. Henry and Lyncoln were both likeable characters, and practically perfect men, but in different ways. I could see the dilemma she had and why she had it.

I think she made the right choice in the end, but I also felt bad for the other. The ending twist though was a big surprise and I didn’t see it coming.

The chapters were long, which generally I don’t always like, but the story was so good I found myself not really minding. I also loved the fact that this book was on the longer side in comparison to others I read.

This book was just simply brilliant. I haven’t felt this invested in a book like I was for a while. Whilst there are many books I enjoy, few grab me and make me as emotionally invested as this did.

I would absolutely and completly recommend it. It’s a hidden gem.

My rating: 5/5*

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