Author: Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
What happens when everything that has plagued the human race has been destroyed? Disease, hunger, and even death no longer have a place in this world. How does one control over-population if people no longer die? The answer…scythes. Scythes are the only beings that have the authority to kill (glean). Their gleans are based off of algorithms from the time when people used to die from natural or accidental causes. The top requirement for becoming a scythe? You must hate the idea of ending a person’s life.
There were so many fantastic characters throughout this book. Scythe Faraday easily became one of my favorite characters. One would think that he has lost his connection with humanity because of all the people he has gleaned, but he is a very humble character. Citra and Rowan are taken under the wing of Scythe Faraday and only one of them will become a scythe at the end of their apprenticeship. I enjoyed the fact that they had a friendship, but were not romantically involved. It is very rare that I read a book without a romance and it was quite refreshing.
The idea behind Scythe is unlike anything I have ever read before. This story is so, so unique.
From the very first page, I was extremely intrigued. It is hard to pull away from this story. There were twists and turns that I never saw coming. This story is compelling and thought-provoking. I haven’t read a book this interesting in a very long time.
The end of this book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger and could be read as a standalone. However, I am very exiting that there will be a sequel. I cannot wait to jump back into this world. If you have been on the edge of deciding to read this book…just take the plunge. Scythe is a story you will never forget.
4.75 out of 5 stars
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