the globe. Twenty safe Zones have been set up and are protected by
the Lord, and his Elders. Each year one Zone sends out their next
generation of Middle Born Children to reach Nirvana and spend the
rest of their lives with the Lord.
enough to protect them from the darkness of the world.
Many years ago, earth as we know it ceased to exist. Demons opened the gates of Hell, killing and possessing seventy percent of the population. No one was safe from the demons. It looked as if the world was coming to an end, but the Lord stepped forward and sent humans the Elders. The Elders created safety zones for the last remaining humans. Here, humans were allowed safety to rebuild and multiply, but every year one zone was to send all the middle born children, between the ages of six and twenty, to the Lord in Nirvana. These middle born children were known as the Reclaimed. They were taught from birth that they were special and cherished and that it was their job to reach Nirvana and ensure the safety of their zone from the demons. Now, the time has come for Rosemary Zone to send the reclaimed out to reach Nirvana. Elder Michelle made sure each middle child left lighthearted and with purpose so they could live happily in the light of the Lord.
Fifty eight children leave the zone, but is Nirvana all that it is cracked up to be or is something sinister lurking in the shadows ready to reclaim the children for its own evil intentions?
The Culling is horror at its finest. Every creepy horror movie you have ever watched has weaved its way through the pages of this story creating a masterpiece of evil and darkness like none other. I hate to say it and I probably have never said this before about a horror novel, but this book was quite disturbing on so many levels. Not only is The Culling a horror novel, but, in my opinion, it also touches on topics such as faith and religion. While reading the story, I couldn’t help but think of how cults are formed and how easily it is to sway another person into their way of thinking especially when it comes to young children. They are so impressionable and to grow up thinking one way of the world is a sure sign of a disaster waiting to happen.
The Reclaimed had faith in the Lord. This is what they were always taught. The Lord will guide you, they are the chosen ones who will bring safety to their zone. It is terrifying and frightening to even think that these children have been so easily influenced into believing what was told and taught to them. Once they left the zone, you can see how they tried to keep the faith on their journey to Nirvana. The obstacles placed in their way during this journey was downright evil. A few times even I jumped and was creeped out. Why I like horror so much is beyond me because I am definitely a scaredy cat and will sleep with the lights on after reading a horror novel or watching a movie. Let’s just say that I am glad I don’t live alone or I would probably be hiding under my bed with every light on in the house tonight after reading this! Ugh!
The plot is full of many twists and turns and I had trouble figuring out what was going on and many times I was tricked into believing in something that lo and behold took another twist. Sian B. Claven really knows how to keep you on your toes and to make sure your mind doesn’t ever waver in the slightest away from the story. I was totally engrossed and needed to know what happens next. I do have to say that the ending totally blew me away. I never would have even thought of that at all. Seriously, The Culling really needs to be made into a movie. With elements of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village and the TV series Wayward Pines, Sian B. Claven is right on par to becoming a top contender in the horror genre.
The Culling has everything you ever want and need in a horror story. Be prepared to be terrorized and maybe even slightly horrified as you immerse yourself in this chilling tale of fright that will be sure to leave you completely freaked out looking out your windows like a total nut job thinking someone is out there watching you ready to pounce. Sian B. Claven, you are my new favorite horror writer. I bow to your evilness and wicked mind. You really got me all shook up!
for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She
has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the
first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for
the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently
published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and
Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she
enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and
gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you
can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian
previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still
reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the
words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.
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