Scythe by Neal Shusterman *Spoilers!*

Book Review!

Book summary:

“A world with no hunger. No disease. No war. No misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life, and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe, a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. They learn living in a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.”

Author: Neal Shusterman

Genres: Young adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science fiction, Romance

Age rating: 13+ Just note that there is some gore!

Overall rating: 5/5😄

My thoughts on this book:

Honestly, I’m impressed! This dystopian novel with a controlling government had me hooked throughout the whole book. I have to say I felt a little worried when I made it through pretty much the whole book unfazed… even though this a book literally set on people being killed. Or should I say gleaned.

The people, places, feelings and overall the whole book was pretty well written, descriptions were great, and I felt like I was actually in the book quite a lot.

*Spoiler alert!*

I did end up crying when Scythe Volta died, and when Citra had to ‘kill’ her brother.

I was really surprised when Rowan killed his mentor scythes like, hold on what? It took me a minute to process what had happened. I felt that same way at the end when it turned out that Rowan was now gleaning the bad scythes. Aka, the ones who took pleasure in killing, like his late mentor Scythe Goddard.

Citra’s character also had a few surprises. In the end of the book when Citra and Rowan are at Conclave and Citra got chosen as Scythe, it surprised me when she let Rowan escape. It had seemed as though she was finally listening to her mentor’s warnings about Rowan, but no, Citra was just as stubborn and trusting as ever. In the end I can’t tell if her decision to let Rowan go was for the best, or if Rowan will turn the world to chaos once more.

Here are some places you can find it:

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Have a great day and happy reading!

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