I hope that you are all keeping safe and healthy during this covid-19 pandemic. I don’t know how everyone else is feeling, but I feel like everything has a really surreal quality right now. My family of 5 and I have been in isolation with our many pets that include a Bernese Mountain Dog, 2 cats, 2 turtles, a bearded dragon and a rabbit. I feel blessed that we are able to stay safe in our home together, and that I have the opportunity to stay connected with my students by teaching from home.
Anyway, I still haven’t been able to do as much reading as I thought I would during such circumstances, but I am still reading more than I have in a long time. In fact, I have some exciting reading/book blogging possibilities on the horizon, but for now, I thought I would start with a review of one of my recent reads, which I loved.
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Length: 435 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.36
My Rating: 5/5
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.
Scythe has been on my TBR for a long time. It was a book that I kept seeing on Booktube and Bookstagram, and I really wanted to read it. I ended up devouring it in 3 days at the beginning of February, which was before we fully entered this new pandemic reality, but I think that only makes the story more poignant.
As the synopsis above indicates, the story follows two young people as they apprentice to become scythes. A special order of people who are tasked with keeping the world’s population under control after a benevolent, all knowing, super computer known as “the thunderhead” helps to make society essentially perfect.
I don’t want to give too much away, because I feel like that will impact your enjoyment of the story. I gave the book a perfect rating for the following reasons: I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, plot, characters and the overall tone. I found both main characters interesting, but not cliche, and I did not find the plot predictable. I also thought the parts that were from the point of view of the thunderhead really neat.
I feel like I’m not saying much in this review and maybe that’s because I should have written it sooner. I have already read the sequel and I am part way through the third and final novel in the trilogy. Haha. As a side note, I have been listening to the books on audible, and find the narrator, Greg Tremblay, awesome. He has a knack for effectively differentiating between characters.
In sum, I highly recommend Scythe to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, original dystopian story with intriguing characters and plot twists. I gave it a perfect rating because I couldn’t put it down, which is not something I can say very much lately. The book, and the series as a whole has definitely become one of my favourites.
I’d love to know your thoughts as well. 🙂
Happy Sunday, and stay healthy.