BOOK REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shushterman

BOOK REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shushterman

My rating: 4.5/5
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In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.

In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.



I completely understand the hype from this series now. I have heard so many great things about Scythe, that I had to dive in.

If you are looking for some dystopian, fantasy with a lot of drama then this is definitely for you.

There cannot be overpopulation and this is where the Scythes come to hand. They will 'glean' a certain number of people each year and have to follow through with their job. You get good scythe and bad scythe, for some it's a simple job, for others its very difficult to glean innocent people.

We follow two main characters that are chosen to train as scythes which will give them immunity. They have to learn the ways of the profession, as unfortunate as it is but they realise that only one of the will pass their apprenticeship. What happens to the other?

A lot of hierachy, drama, democracy, suspense.. mixed with even a little romance sometimes!

Have you read this? Do you want to?

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