Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman 

Book 1 in The Arc of a Scythe Series

First Published in 2018 by Walker Books

442 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

 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 Review:

This book was honestly all of the epic! When it finally came in for me at the library as a hold, I knew I couldn’t resist starting right away! I had felt an urge to read this book, I didn’t know what to expect but honestly this was love at first page! After finishing it I am still floored and I cannot wait to read book two! I have not read anything like this before! It was perfect, like, I have no words! 

From the very first page I was pulled in, and there was never a dull moment! Citra was such a freaking amazing female lead character, I loved all her scenes in this book and definitely admire her as a character, she is so unafraid to push the boundaries around what she must and must not do, and she knows there is more than meets the eye in so many instances! 

By the end, she had me cheering! She went through so much in this book, I felt emotionally attatched to her and couldn’t wait to see what would happen with her next! And she is so clever, she literally had me cheering and teary at the end, such a clever thing! I love how she questions a lot of things too, I felt like I was right with her throughout and wanting to know what she wanted to know, and I felt how she felt! 

I found her bonds with Scythes Faraday and Curie so endearing; I loved all their interactions and I feel like both Curie and Faraday were my favourite supporting characters; they were both so complex but at times had me laughing a bit, and I definitely admired them too! Unlike certain other Scythes, *cough*, Curie and Faraday had a conscience, and could feel the weight of what they had to do, I loved getting deeper insights into their characters from their journal extracts, which gave me chills! Scythe Goddard, well let’s just say I had my suspicions about him….

Rowan was a character that I had all of the feelings about, I questioned his actions in the middle of the book, but, like Citra, I was massively cheering for him by the end! Rowan had seen a lot too, and had definitely been pushed to some limits, I think, but it was freaking fantastic to see everything play out how it did! I felt like I could visualise everything in this book as it happened, it was truly epic!

The writing was so addictive and fast paced, I loved loved loved every minute! I was constantly kept on the edge of my seat with no idea as to what could come next! The writing was so full of foreshadowing too, it was chilling! I couldn’t get enough, and I needed to know what would come next! I definitely recommend this book! 😍

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn 📚🙂


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