Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman


Release Date: 22nd November 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy & Dystopia

Read: 6th July 2019

Rating: ★★★★

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Brief description:
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.

First of all, I can’t believe I have been putting off reading this book for so long as I have to say I really enjoyed it! It was very fascinating to read about a world in which all that was a threat to humanity has been eradicated and humans have essentially become immortal so in order to combat overpopulation, an order of scythes is chosen to kill people. Throughout the story we follow both Citra and Rowan’s perspectives on their journey to become scythes as they have been chosen as apprentices by Scythe Faraday, we as the reader get to find out more about the Scythedom as both the characters are, as most of the population don’t know a lot about them.

I found the world and the concept fascinating, these scythes are so mysterious and cut off from the world as they aren’t governed by the Thunderhead that is essentially the system that keeps the rest of the world in order (a government of sorts but it’s a system not controlled by humans as humans have shown they can be corrupted in the past). To me it was quite surprising to find out that the population that is maintained by the scythes know nothing about them, however that then explains why they are so afraid of them.

Citra and Rowan are both great perspectives to follow as they are quite different in nature which of course I loved as we got to see this world from different perspectives so it was more objective.

To be completely honest whilst reading this book I found it completely absurd that people had this huge fear of dying (probably because I’m not scared of death) as I literally felt like there wasn’t really a point of living in a world in which you don’t have to do anything to improve it.

I found the ten commandments that the scythes live by fascinating and the no government aspect of the world, however, if they already knew the government and politicians can be corrupted why was the Scythedom allowed to be separate from the Thunderhead? I still can’t wrap my head around that.

I really enjoyed the plot twists and I found I could never decipher then until I found out they were plot twists. It also felt like there was a plot twist happening after a plot twist so at times it was hard for me to determine how I feel about what happened. But I really enjoyed that so I’m not complaining at all.

This book was definitely more plot-centered and character-centered as I found that the worldbuilding was a bit lacking. By the time I finished this book I still had some questions that were left unanswered which sucks but at the same time makes me very excited to pick up the sequel, Thunderhead.

Overall, I think this was a very good start to a series I am sure will become one of my favourite series as the concept is very intriguing and I just highly recommend this book to anyone who has had an interest in it since it came out. You will be able to fly through this book in a day if you have the time (which is what happened with me). I do have to point out though that the only thing I found unnecessary in this book is how suicide was touched upon. It was very briefly mentioned and written in a way that was kind of insensitive as in this world people commit suicide when they seek a thrill as they can’t actually die unless a scythe chooses them to die. For me that could have been easily left out or the author should have touched upon a bit more than just briefly mentioning it at the beginning of the story.

I hope you enjoyed this book review. Have you read Scythe? What are your thoughts on it?

See you in my next post 🙂
Natalia aka Bookish Vegan

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