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Review: Scythe


Scythe by Neal Shusterman

  • Blurb: 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.


  • Review: The best way I can describe this book is a pure rollercoaster from start to finish filled with twists, turns and sometimes feeling a bit sick. I think I went through just about every possible emotion while reading Scythe, sometimes being filled with anger, hate and one time being brought to tears. I will say this book is very graphically violent at times but if that is something you enjoy, like me, you will love reading it. Scythe addresses the morailty of humans in a very raw way and felt very real, too real. If you were forced into a job of killing people for the rest of eternity, is it ok to enjoy it? Take pride in it? Would you try to escape it?

    While reading this it has gone from a 4 star read, to a 2 star read, to a 4 star read, and settled on 4.5 once finished. The twists (atleast for me) came as a surprise and by the end I thought anything could happen at this point. I thought it ended well and am excited to continue reading this series with Thunderhead next. The only reason I’m giving this a 4.5 and not a 5 star is the unnecessary romance between Citra and Rowan, I feel this would have felt a lot better being more of a brother/sister relationship. Overall a great and tense read.

Kindle: 448 Pages

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


All versions of this book were purchased by myself and not sent to me for review.

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