Author: Neal Shusterman
Cover Rating: 4.5\5
Book Depository: Scythe
Synopsis: 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.
★ ★ ★ ★.5
I expected a lot, because this author has forty+ books published, so I assumed he would know what he was doing.
This book did not disappoint!
I did feel like it dragged a bit in the beginning, but not for long. And, honestly, I can’t remember why I thought that. There are some terms and sayings you have to get used to, but they’re not hard to understand and easy to remember.
The characters were…. just amazing! The whole cast has wonderfully natural diversity, and the characters did not make stupid assumptions or confuse me. They were straight forward, enjoyable, and can I just say: Rowan is my favorite! Citra is awesome, but seriously, Rowan is my bae
The Scythes are basically there to keep the population in order, and I found that very intriguing. Almost dictator-like, but not directly. More like co-dictatorship throughout the Scythedom.
The world was descriptive, but not in an in-your-face, overwhelming kind of way. I liked it a lot!
I also feel like living in this world is like living in a video game. It becomes comical and almost fun to find interesting ways to kill yourself. Because you’ll always come back, and you’ll have a second chance.
I liked how the world wasn’t ‘perfect’. It’s almost exactly like the world now, but with slightly more advanced technology, and no death. It was refreshing, and gave the book a depth that I liked.
I don’t know where the storyline will go in book two, because Scythe could easily be a stand alone.
That said, I will not accept how a certain relationship ended (won’t tell you which one) – it causes me physical pain to have to wait to see how that turns out, but it gives me hope that there will be a second one.
Book two has hit #1 on my 2017 Releases list!