Scythe Book Review

Scythe Book Cover Scythe
Arc of a Scythe
Neal Shursterman
Young Adult, Fantasy
Simon Schuster Books
November 22nd 2016

Thou shalt kill.

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.

TW: Suicide, Death/Murder.

Scythe has been one of my favorite books this year.

What an outstanding book. I took forever to start reading Scythe because I wanted to own Thunderhead beforehand. That took me a while to acquire and I kept putting off buying it, don’t judge! But I am so happy with finally reading this book. It is everything I love about a book. Amazing world building and story, incredible characters and everything in this book was a breath of fresh air. It was so different from books I have read and I LOVED it.

The story is based on a future world where everything is perfect due to technological advances. The cloud – or in this world is now called the THUNDERHEAD – monitors everything in the world and allows everyone to be immortal, nobody can die. However, death needs to happen, and it is left to the Scythe to dispense death to keep the population from getting out of control. This idea is SO interesting and different. Throughout Scythe, it also made me think about our own worlds morality and values and frankly it is terrifying. Everything about the plot of Scythe was so intriging and I could not put the book down. I wanted to find out more and to find out what happens next. The beginning of the book starts off pretty slow but as it progresses it becomes a tsunami of crazy and I loved it.

“The ending of human life used to be in the hands of nature. But we stole it. Now we have a monopoly on death. We are its sole distributor.”

I loved the characters that Scythe has. The story is told from two different protagonists. The first is Citra, who is a super intelligent and strong character and I love how she progresses. She needs to put her life in the past and focus on becoming a Scythe. Just as Rowan needs to do.

Rowan for me is my favorite character. I felt so much for him because he was the lettuce in a sandwich. He had a big family who didn’t really pay any attention to him. He could say anything to his mum and not get a real response. Rowan compared to Citra for me was far more enjoyable, although I do love Citra in her own way! Citra and Rowan are brought together under Scythe Faraday (another FANTASTIC character) to become apprentice Scythe’s and I love all the trials and training they go through. I know that a lot of people did not enjoy their growing affection and romantic relationship, but I loved it. I just thought it was super adorable!

Another aspect of Scythe was the gleaning journals that are at the start of each chapter. I LOVED these so much. One of the rules of the Scythedom is to write in their gleaning journal every day, and the one that is most prominent is from Sythe Curie. Finding out what she writes and thinks in her journal gave a whole different perspective of her and I loved that so much. It also showed how twisted Sythe Goddard, another Scythe who doesn’t believe in how the Scythedom runs and he is so BAD.

Politics based on death, moral choices and makes you think. Could this be a future that we could see happening? I loved everything about it. It’s just a GOOD book and I highly suggest you give this one a try if you love dystopian fantasy novels!

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