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Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Hey all, Dani here,

Today I’m excited to talk about a book that has already made it onto my favorite books read in 2017 list because it was just so darn interesting. It is still a fairly new release, having come out at the end of November, but I cannot recommend this book enough. It was such an intriguing premise and was pulled off so creatively. Let’s just jump into the review.



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.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

I started hearing buzz about this book a couple months before its release and it sounded like something I would enjoy. Obviously the whole concept of Scythes is one I like since I have written a similar theme with my Project Death series, though I have Reapers instead of Scythes. The concept is basically the same though.

This was my first book by Neal Shusterman, and I can honestly say that I am a fan now, and plan to go back and read more of his books sometime soon-ish. I really connected with a lot of the characters, and there were a few that I despised, so the characters are well done.

Scythe is a multi perspective novel mostly following Citra and Rowan, though there are journal entries by several Scythes throughout, and a few sections following other Scythes without an apprentice being around.

The futher I got into this book the more I wanted to ignore the rest of the world and finish reading it. There were so many little twists and turns and revelations throughout the novel, and I was so excited to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

So, the book follows Citra and Rowan, who have both been apprenticed to the same Scythe, Scythe Faraday, and he’s a pretty cool, compassionate, and rational guy. But there really is no precedence for a Scythe choosing two apprentices at the same time, so at one of the conclave meetings it is proposed that one apprentice will receive the ring elevating them to Scythe, and instead of the other one being free to return to their former life, the new Scythe will have to immediately take their life. This complicates them, especially when it seems clear that perhaps Citra and Rowan might be developing romantic feelings towards each other.

I won’t say more about the plot or anything because so much more happens after Citra and Rowan are pitted against each other, and it was just a fun quick read.

And the way it ended…man, it was the perfect ending for making me really desperate for the second book, which I’ve learned will be titled Thunderhead and will be out in November 2017.

Where to Buy

You can pick up this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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