The Cleansing

The Cleansing

by Sam Kates


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ISBN-13: 9781629270050
Publisher: Smithcraft Press
Publication date: 10/04/2013
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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The Cleansing 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyable and kept my interest the whole way.
BlackAsh13 More than 1 year ago
The Cleansing revolves around a group of 5000 or so individuals around the world who have been tasked with the assignment of spreading a virus across the earth that will wipe out all but about 1% of humanity. We don't know who, or what these individuals are, nor do we know why they are wiping out humanity. This information is deliberately kept from us by the author. Herein lies much of the suspense of the story. The reader is constantly kept wondering about these people. I felt pretty sure I know their nature, but was constantly on guard to have a twist thrown at me by the author. As the story progresses, we see things from the perspective of those affected by the virus, as well as from the point of view of those disseminating it. It was the wondering about the true nature of these 5000 people, and their plan, that kept me glued to this story initially, but this was also the story's undoing because it simply dragged on too long. I've found that I don't enjoy it when books don't wrap up their story. Even when it's part of a series (The Cleansing is part one of a two-part story), I expect a conclusion to one series of events, and the next book to begin a new set of events. This is absolutely a "To be continued...." type of novel. My interest faded before the grand plan for the virus was revealed and we found out who these people really are. The characters didn't feel particularly well fleshed out, but the world history created by the author was imaginative and interesting. I was overall a little disappointed, but curiosity may lead me to read part 2.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction and was really looking forward to reading The Cleansing because the summary suggested a new take on the cause of the apocalyptic disaster: "not from meteors or nuclear holocaust or global warming, but from a source no one even knows exists." While the revelation of the mysterious source lived up to my expectation, nothing else did. The Cleansing was decently written. The problem was that it was ridiculously s-l-o-o-o-w; I could summarize the entire first three-quarters of the book as bad people release devastating plague, in which our hero loses loved ones." None of the characters were particularly interesting or fleshed-out; the one potentially interesting character, clearly will not be appearing in future books. Once Kates started explaining the back story, the book became more intriguing but not sufficiently so to encourage me to read future books in the Earth Haven series. I received a free copy of The Cleansing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
Well, this is definitely a first - I was torn enough between a 3 and 4 star rating that I actually went to the trouble of finally creating the half-star jpg. Unfortunately it doesn't sparkle, but oh well. The concept of this novel (aliens very deliberately setting out to wipe out the population by use of a very nasty virus, having waited decades for their chance) was a great one. It was even a very interesting process, watching the virus spread. The idea behind the novel overall seemed to have promise, and fell somewhat flat for me. We find out why the aliens need to do what they're doing, and they're not necessarily evil, just desperate. There are shades of real (pardon the expression) human doubts and sparks of humanity among these very non-human entities. And yes, they have their sick and twisted members too. The few ongoing members of the cast were strong, or at least Tom was. The human female, not so much. She was very...biddable, in her own way, once we finally meet her. But the ongoing development of the world as it dies at the hands of the alien virus they released was fascinating. Clearly Mr. Kates put a great deal of time, thought, and research into how a virus would spread, what the various governments would do as they try to stop it, and ultimately how the world could die off. Where this novel fell short was on the emotional level. It seemed to be far too much telling, observing rather than actually experiencing the events of the novel. Maybe because 75% of the book was told in the POVs of the aliens and they don't have the same overall range of human emotions, but I needed to connect with characters and I just never quite did. What really, ultimately, knocked down the review to 3.5 stars though was the ending, or the lack there of. I have no problem with a series obviously having a continuing problem. But what really bothered me was the fact that there was no plot arc (at least in my opinion) that was wrapped up in this. Tom's story isn't done. Peter's story isn't done. One alien has passed on, but that's it. No real sense of anything being completed. Had there been any sense of conclusion, I probably would have given this 4 stars, despite the lack of connection to any of the characters simply because I was so enthralled in watching the aliens begin their conquest/intended destruction of humanity. I will, despite my  misgivings and feeling of betrayal over the lack of sense of completion, look up the next book in this series and read it quite willingly. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Right out of the gate, this plot is dark, gritty and mysterious. Thousands of people have received “the call” that triggers the decimation of the human race through a quick moving, deadly virus. At first, there is no why, just the deed, the thoughts of those involved, will everyone assigned to this deadly task perform? Who are “they” and where did they come from? With the ability to control almost every living creature on Earth, what is their plan? What of those who are able to resist? Who do not get sick? Are they to be considered the “chosen few?” The Cleansing by Sam Kates is a post-apocalyptic nightmare for those who have survived. Where can they run to? Where can they hide? Can they trust one of “the enemy” to help them or are they being led into a trap? Sam Kates has colored a stark world, where only the strong or the lucky survive. The enemy is unknown, but has been among humans for eons. What are they looking for and why? There are tiny breadcrumbs along the way, this is one of those dark “what if” novels, where you have just enough information to say “what if’ this or “what if” that? Serious reading and quite frankly, presented so well, it felt all too real! A brilliant edge of your seat mystery/Sci-fi with normal characters just coping with staying alive as the world crashed down around them. If you fear the idea space invaders, leave the lights on after reading this! I received a copy from Smithcraft Press in exchange for my honest review.