29 Jul 2019

#Review: SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman


Author: Neal Shusterman
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1
Source: Audible
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
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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.
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Mortals fantasied that love was eternal and its loss unimaginable. Now we know neither is true. Love remained mortal, while we became eternal.
This was good and really interesting - I thought the world was cool and I want to see where it evolves to - but I also was kinda bored during some of it. I thought the dual perspective didn't work until they were separated and that there could have been more in general that was discussed. But I am looking forward to seeing where the next book goes!

I didn't really know much about this going into it beyond the fact that Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts loved it. And he doesn't love anything. So when it was on sale during the Audible Canada Day sale, I picked it up. And I was genuinely surprised.

I liked that this makes you think about death, life, and everything in between. I like the idea of existence beyond living and the role that plays in how we interact with one another. I also liked the way that murder was discussed in this and how people were reaped. Also, math was a part of this and I didn't hate it????

I had some issues with it, especially around the training received by the characters and how this one ended. I thought that for the beginning of the series, there was just too much of a conclusion to this one. So I am excited to see where this goes, but I am a little disappointed in how it ended.

Overall, if you haven't heard of this, like dystopian novels, and want something new, this is the book for you. Watch for me to read the sequel, THUNDERHEAD!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you were kinda bored reading this. I've heard only amazing things about this from a couple people, so I'll probably try it eventually. Thanks for the honest review!


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