Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Image result for scythe neal shustermanName: Kayla

Grade: 11th

Title: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Published in: 2016

Pages: 435

Rating: 5 stars

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a fabulous novel set in the future. It takes place in a time where technological advances are at their peak and where the only way you can actually die is by fire, acid, or being gleaned by scythes. To combat the obvious problems of taking the power of killing from nature, scythes are a special occupation where one “gleans,” or kills people for a living. The story follows Citra and Rowan as they become apprentices of Scythe Faraday. Citra and Rowan are reluctant to become scythes but are trying their chances at the competition anyway to gain the advantages.

I really enjoyed this novel and how interesting the world is. There was not one boring portion of the book. However, the world does leave many questions for the readers because of the intricate the future stage is. The characters are really cool and have diversity. Additionally, I love how Shusterman somehow takes all the intensity out of dying and murder, but at the same time outlining the severity.

I would recommend this book to everyone. This book is part of a series (trilogy) and the second novel is named Thunderhead. Anyone who loves science fiction should have this story on their list. After reading, all you want to do is pick up and start Thunderhead.


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