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"Scythe" by Neal Shusterman

5 out of 5 stars

Published Simon & Schuster on November 22nd, 2016

443 pages

Genre: YA fantasy

Format: book

Read in 21 days

Read in 6 sittings

Sat on TBR for 2 months

"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." (Goodreads)


This book took me on a wild ride from start to finish. I was constantly on the edge of my seat gripping the pages for dear life as the characters go on a crazy journey to become scythes. Not only is the concpet interesting, but it is very well executed. (+1)

The world-building is very vivid and I could picture everything as if I was watching a movie in my head. Schusterman not only paints a picture, but he dives deeper into how the world functions (cars, trains, houses), the social hierarchy, and the advanced technology. (+1)

The writing style is fluid and descriptive. There is so much detail, but it does not deter from the main storyline and character development. (+1)

The story is very organized and I was never confused. (+1)

The characters are absolutely amazing. They have a backstory, depth, and development that had me rooting for each one (well, not the villain).

My favorite part was how each character handled the concept of death and how they would carry out their duty as a scythe.

I didn't have a least favorite part.

If you are looking for a great story with action, a little romance, cool technology, and interesting concepts, then this one is for you!

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