Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Review: The Social Cull by Steven Jenkins @Author_Jenkins

The Social Cull

by Steven Jenkins

Published: February 11, 2024

Publisher: Different Cloud Publishing

Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller


The Handmaid’s Tale meets Black Mirror.’

Be kind or die.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lana is a social-media fanatic and climate-change activist, born into a world where criminals are executed to reduce the population. The majority of citizens—Lana included—are content with the system, but overcrowding is still a problem.

Faced with intolerable pollution levels, the government secretly uses social media to assess whether or not a user must face execution. The plan gets leaked, and a cull list is released to the public.

Lana is on the list.

Forced into a life on the run, she takes refuge in a remote lake house with her boyfriend. In her new world of paranoia and isolation, Lana must learn to survive without safety, family, and technology to evade the cull.

Without a keyboard to hide behind, Lana is compelled to re-examine how well she knows herself and how she wound up a fugitive in the first place—and the answers might hit painfully close to home.

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My Review:

The Social Cull is so unlike anything I have read before. The world-building is the greatest I have seen in a long while. I loved it and would very much like to read more about it maybe in future books.

The Social Cull what a fitting title. Just imagine living in a world where the world is overpopulated and the government comes up with a way to control the population by culling. I love reading about world’s built this way. Although I would not want to live in one of course.

Imagine living in a world where people are culled by using social media. I mean everyone uses it or most anyway so what a better way to keep up with people. What better way to learn who someone really is or what kind of person they are. At least that is what the government in The Social Cull thinks.

People use social media to vent their feelings not that most would ever do the things they say they would do on social media in real life. But then some people use the internet to hide behind and be the person they really are. But then some are not bad people. Or not as bad as they may seem after leaving a comment.

Then imagine the government using the things people say on social media against them as a way to control the population. I can’t imagine living in a world like this but it is fun to read it knowing it is only fiction.

In The Social Cull, the government secretly uses social media as a way to determine if a person needs to be culled. But their secret is let loose upon the world. People are going into hiding just to stay alive.

I highly recommend reading The Social Cull to anyone looking for the next great read! Grab a copy of The Social Cull today! 

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