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  • The Cleansing
  • Danielle Tara Evans
  • English
  • 23 May 2019
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10 thoughts on “The Cleansing

  1. says:

    “What is scarier?” asks Danielle Tara Evans in her new novel The Cleansing ”Brainwashed humans without a conscience who would stop at nothing in order to kill you or Mother Nature who yielded far strength and power than any amount of humans combined?”And that’s the main uestion that the two protagonists a married couple John and Annie seek to find on the pages of this dystopian novel Throughout the book they struggle with the aftermath of series of natural disasters and even devastating government policies that purport to education the citizens on the right way to take care of the environment yet end up eliminating the very citizens that are supposed to protect their environment The story takes a number of unexpected twists natural born citizens are in the minority and the country is ruled by a president guided by loyalties to a foreign nation and his own interests – an idea frightening and harder to handle than any natural disaster in fiction or in real life John and Annie barely escape arrests executions and torture only to find themselves in the midst of a forced conversion of the citizens to Erdinism the new national religion that sees even the minor transgression as a sin to be severely punishedThis story is dark and violent but not without hope As I came to the end of the story I kept thinking about a possible force that could be stronger and powerful than the evil of humans and the disasters of nature hoping that Danielle Tara Evans provides a possible answer And she did The force that is stronger ever lasting and enduring than any of the evils combined is that of love In this case it is the love of the two main characters John and Annie that endures all and perseveres Definitely a force to be reckoned with


  2. says:

    This dark dystopian thriller follows John and Annie Weber and their struggle in an all too real future America The Cleansing by Danielle Tara Evans amps up today’s problems and uses them to create a frightening look ahead As the nation has a new foreign born president and “traditional” Americans are a discriminated minority they push back against the new religion Erdinism and see the horrors of genocide still they and we cling to the hope The drama violence and challenges make this at times a heavy read However it’s a powerful story that is worth the investment The author brings us into the gritty dystopian world of The Cleansing with a skilled use of prose There is thankfully a seuel planned which is great news because this is one of those books that is difficult to forget Recommended 5 stars


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It's depth surprised me The character development in this book is superb and by the end of the novel you really feel connected to the characters What makes this book even amazing is how the plot is handled It's pacing subplot interjections flashbacks and plot twists kept me hooked In a distant future I suppose the events in this book could become a possible reality I think that the potential possibilities is what makes certain dystopian novels truly chilling This is a great dystopian novel and I think anyone who likes thrillers or drama would appreciate this bookThroughout the book we see racism directed at Americans through laws Having studied the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s I can see some similarities and in the beginning it was interesting to see things turned around on Americans It wasn't long until their treatment stopped being an interesting 'how would you like it' and turned into something that registered as just wrong to me as a reader The main characters in this novel John and Annie are a somewhat average couple I think this makes it a lot easier to relate to the feelings of the characters They aren't action heroes they aren't the strongest or most intelligent they aren't anything particularly special They survive the story by their own skills personal strengths love and luck view spoilerBut as in all true dystopian novels they are doomed to fail hide spoiler


  4. says:

    With the earth ravished by the effects of global warming America's population is left depleted allowing foreigners to move in and change the face of the country Now a minority in their own land Americans are blamed for much of the world's problems and trucked off to sinister re education camps A young couple John and Annie discover their true fate at the program and escape only to live a life of danger and fear in a country they no longer recognise Evans has come up with a highly original take on the science fiction dystopian novel Her premise could potentially have been controversial and offensive foreigners taking over but she has carefully avoided linking the foreigners to any specific group or country She is also clear to show that some of the new arrivals are also upset about the way the remaining Americans are treated John and Annie are an appealing couple I liked how we are let in on their difficulties having children and other issues each has The first half of the book has moments of terror and suspense but is mostly about their thoughts and feelings The second half though really starts to snowball in excitement and suspense I didn't see the end coming at all which is really refreshing It will come as uite a shock The book raises incredibly relevant issues such as how much we are each responsible for our government's actions even if we didn't vote for them As an Australian my current government is processing asylum seekers offshore away from the purveiw of local watchdogs on human rights Amnesty International has slammed our treatment of refugees An asylum seeker was recently bashed to death under the care of the Australian government How much am I responsible for this even though I didn't vote for the current party in power?In Evans story Americans are mistreated for their contribution to global warming I think currently the US sits at the third highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world John and Annie absolve themselves of any responsibility we get the sense they didn't agree with some of their country's policies and they are presented as honest and hardworking people like the bulk of US citizens But I did feel the book had a chance to enter a few grey areas in this respect to be a little morally ambivalent Especially when the situation is reversed How much are the new citizens of the US in 'The Cleansing' responsible for the way the few remaining locals are being treated? Is ignorance an excuse? Is merely disagreeing much of a protest? The surviving American resistance groups in 'The Cleansing' engage in 'terrorist' activity to try to oust the foreign occupiers Again this raises interesting relevant uestions about what constitutes terror given the current environment where the Australian and the UK governments have joined America in its ongoing 'War On Terror' John indeed does feel guilt about innocent lives that might be lost in his plans but again I did feel this could have thrown up larger issues about the controversial resistanceterrorism distinction It's a really interesting idea Americans forced in the role of what amount to suicide missions to gain their freedom An inversion of the present state of affairs that brings up all kinds of ethical conundrums Despite these couple of small matters which are really to do with an observation about where 'The Cleansing might have ventured further than actual criticisms I found this book an engaging and tension filled ride especially in the latter half 'The Cleansing' will appeal to all readers who like their dystopian fiction with as much uiet character development as nail biting action Can't wait to read the next instalment


  5. says:

    The CleansingI was given a free eBook copy of The Cleansing in exchange for a fair and honest review This book is absolutely riveting In fact I did not want to put this book down and read the entire novel in a single day From the first chapter I was hooked John and Annie the main characters are extremely relatable I found myself caught up in their story and rooting for them throughout the entire book The ending was unexpected which is a rare occurrenceWhat makes this story so compelling is it's believability I hope that this bleak and horrifying future does not come to pass but It couldI am very much looking forward to the next book in this series I give this book 5 stars out of 5


  6. says:

    Evans really makes you feel the desperation and fear overtaking the main characters in The Cleansing Each time you turn the page there is something that keeps the story flowing wonderfully Though the story is mostly a thriller there is another element that shines through Love can help push us past anythingIf you'd like to read my in depth review of The Cleansing visit my blog at


  7. says:

    The Cleansing is an absolute page turner Your heart will be pounding the whole time you read this The subject matter of ethnic cleansing is something that will grip you as it has been a reality for many groups of people In this book Americans are now the targets The story is crazy intense and will leave you thinking The ending is so unbelievable I'm still trying to come to terms with it It's simply amazing


  8. says:

    The Cleansing is by Danielle Tara Evans It is a tremendous book and I can’t wait to start the second book In today’s political climate it is a frightening book as well as being good Can something like this happen in the next twenty six years? John and Annie Weber are simply middle class people They own their house and their cars and both work to pay for what they have They live in Philadelphia PA and both of their families are nearby They have drawn away from their families a bit because Annie cannot get pregnant without artificial insemination which may or may not work John’s father blames Annie and wasn’t tactful when the subject was broached He had always been hard on John after the death of his brother; but this time John stood up to him It was one thing to go after him and another to go after Annie So relations are strained Annie’s family relations were also strained; but it was because of Annie Annie was jealous of her older sister Dawn who had two young boys and jealous of her younger unmarried sister for having a little girl To keep from saying anything to hurt the other girls Annie just stayed away She talked to them and texted but stayed away So Annie and John spent most of their time together and couldn’t be much happier One evening a knock on the door changed everything They were told to pack a bag for a week’s stay and they had ten minutes to do so Act 18175 was put into effect All American born people for two generations back were reuired to attend an Earth Education Program It was for a week It was now mandatory to be “re educated on the earth and taught how you can help protect it” According to the new religion Erdinism it was the Americans’ fault that there were problems with the Earth The Americans did not protect the Earth but used it up Julian a Lithuanian is President and he is turning into a tyrant Eventually he voids the United States and takes over completely John decided to take his gun on the trip He had been in the military and knew how to use it Annie disagreed with him thinking it would only bring trouble Trouble came sooner rather than later When John tried to go to help a neighbor he was taken down and searched When the gun was found he was arrested Annie was taken to the Program on her own She continually wondered about John during the entire week Annie went through the program although it was nothing than a repeat of everything she had been brought up knowing She felt it was a waste of time; but attended faithfully and passed the exit exam She was to leave the next day That evening John was released and brought to Annie He was going to have to stay for a week; but they were together for one night The next day he walked her outside to where she was to meet the bus What they found was murder The guards started shooting everyone waiting for the buses men women and children Through John’s military training he managed to keep Annie alive and to obtain a gun and a badge Using the badge he opened the gate and they ran away into the forest However if they couldn’t get the bracelets off their arms they would be found They realize that it is the intent of Julian and his cronies to kill every American That meant their entire families who were already in the Program were going to be killed if they hadn’t been already They were found and arrested When they were taken back to the place of death they were handed over to another group to be taken to jail The group taking them to jail was Die Weisse Rose The White Rose group They were dedicated to saving as many Americans as possible giving them new identities new lives and eventually helping overthrow Julian Were they safe now? What else could happen to them? This book brings up a lot of uestions After having studied the Holocaust the events are eerily the same A man an egomaniac tries to take over the world and gets rid of those who get in his way Julian seems to be the same kind of egomaniac and his enemies are Americans Hitler killed around 6 million Jews and Julian killed over three times that number No one knew about the deaths they thought they had been sent somewhere else to work in both instances If this happened in real life once could it happen again? This book really makes you think as you are entertained


  9. says:

    The Cleansing follows Annie and John two Americans living in the devastated country after an apocalyptic series of natural disasters wipes out much of the Earth’s population Many begin to immigrate to the United States causing natural born citizens to become a minority Annie and John soon find themselves targeted like all the other Americans and blamed for causing the natural disasters with their careless pollutionThat’s not to say that the book portrays all the Americans as strictly “can do no wrong” sympathetic good guys and everyone else as villains Some of the Americans or those helping them can be complete jerks or have flaws that garner less sympathy while often than not the immigrant characters are shown in a good light or have a good moral sense The depictions feel even handed enough as does the social commentary The book comments on the extreme natures of state sponsored religion environmentalism nationalism and cultural racial and national identities It’s not always fully taken advantage of but it ties the aspects together well such as the fictitious religion of Erdinism that promotes protecting the planet’s environmentSometimes the story becomes overzealous the thoughts feelings and philosophy of the characters giving information than is really needed It feels like things are over explained and that parts could be trimmed like a section early on where the reader is told everything that Annie eats at a reeducation facility or the long descriptions of every emotion Annie experiences slowing the pace down The book also doesn’t seem to show enough of this futuristic world it creates In the first and last thirds of the book there’s plenty of world building but nothing much is given in the middle Instead that part seems like a contemporary setting for the most part The middle is also where the story drags after an exciting beginning Not that a little downtime is bad but the overall plot just kind of halts for a whileBut when it picks up in the rest of the book it really picks up The story practically sprints toward the end sliding in to kick the reader upside the head There are plenty of comparisons to World War 2 and the plot definitely feels like it It’s a very bleak story the kind where you grasp onto any sliver of hope for things to turn around and get better In fact it was so depressing at times that I could only read a couple of chapters in a sitting That’s just me though and I attribute that to a really effective and heavy atmosphereI’ll round this up to four stars The atmosphere really does work well It’s not perfect but this story has several interesting ideas It is very dark and not for those looking for an uplifting story


  10. says:

    Having just read a few other dystopian type books I may have been a little too critical of this one Had this been the authors first work I probably would’ve given it five stars This was definitely a uniue story It was well plotted and I like how the scenes moved along nicelyThe Cleansing takes place in the near future only in this story natural catastrophes changed the earth in an eerily predicable way as some suspect could be the real life damaging effects of global warming The United States becomes a new country where foreigners have come to help rebuild and reestablish the population Americans those born in country are now known as Cannies or Naties and are regarded as an inferior minority Annie and her husband John are forced out of their homes as soldiers take them away forcing their participation in a clandestine program actually meant to annihilate all Americans The two somehow manage to escape and join a group who plan to rebel against the UNE the new government that has taken overOne of the things I would’ve changed was the use of “Um “ at the beginning of several sentences of dialogue I think it would’ve been okay if perhaps it was one character that seemed to have the bad habit of starting out their sentences that way but I noticed that several characters started their sentences with Um Good dialogue does mimic actual speech but every time I ran across Um it kind of stopped me I believe that dialogue tells the reader so much about a character We’re able to understand things like their educational level their upraising or it may help tell where a character is from so to hear several characters use this made me feel that they all had the same traits; ie educational level etc The story also lost a little momentum for me toward the end after they had been apprehended a second time Afterwards the epilogue seems to be the beginning of a new story with new characters and I was trying to make the connection which seems to be that the new American government was either spreading or taking over new countriesI would definitely read the second installment as several uestions from the epilogue were left unanswered Aside from my nit picking everything was well written and the story was intriguing I enjoyed this book and hope to read from this author


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The Cleansing

Danielle Tara Evans ☆ 7 characters

The minority They are discriminated against and blamed for global warming When a foreigner named Julian becomes president of the United States he devises a plan that will prevent Americans from standing in the way of his tyranny He forces them to attend the Earth Education Progr. Evans really makes you feel the desperation and fear overtaking the main characters in The Cleansing Each time you turn the page there is something that keeps the story flowing wonderfully Though the story is mostly a thriller there is another element that shines through Love can help push us past anythingIf you'd like to read my in depth review of The Cleansing visit my blog at

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Am where they are supposed to learn how to take better care of the environmentThe story follows John and Annie Weber an American couple who discover that the program is malignant than it appears As a massive genocide takes place John and Annie struggle to survive in this new worl. The Cleansing is an absolute page turner Your heart will be pounding the whole time you read this The subject matter of ethnic cleansing is something that will grip you as it has been a reality for many groups of people In this book Americans are now the targets The story is crazy intense and will leave you thinking The ending is so unbelievable I'm still trying to come to terms with it It's simply amazing

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After the earth suffered from a series of severe natural disasters that claimed many lives people are still fearful years later America allows in foreigners from other devastated areas to assist with rebuilding As a result a new wave of immigration occurs and now Americans are in. I really enjoyed this book It's depth surprised me The character development in this book is superb and by the end of the novel you really feel connected to the characters What makes this book even amazing is how the plot is handled It's pacing subplot interjections flashbacks and plot twists kept me hooked In a distant future I suppose the events in this book could become a possible reality I think that the potential possibilities is what makes certain dystopian novels truly chilling This is a great dystopian novel and I think anyone who likes thrillers or drama would appreciate this bookThroughout the book we see racism directed at Americans through laws Having studied the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s I can see some similarities and in the beginning it was interesting to see things turned around on Americans It wasn't long until their treatment stopped being an interesting 'how would you like it' and turned into something that registered as just wrong to me as a reader The main characters in this novel John and Annie are a somewhat average couple I think this makes it a lot easier to relate to the feelings of the characters They aren't action heroes they aren't the strongest or most intelligent they aren't anything particularly special They survive the story by their own skills personal strengths love and luck view spoilerBut as in all true dystopian novels they are doomed to fail hide spoiler


About the Author: Danielle Tara Evans

Danielle Tara Evans lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three furry children She has been writing fictional stories ever since she was a young child Her first novel Escalators was published in 2012 and her other works include The Cleansing and The Revolt The Seuel to The Cleansing