2017 · 5 Stars · Book Reviews · Dystopia · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Scythe │ Neal Shusterman



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.

5 stars


I was very surprised at how much I liked this book. I came across this book at a local bookstore and the title caught my attention.

This book is more on the dark side, which I enjoyed. It was different, and I needed something unique to read. I was also happy that the romance part of the book took a backseat to the rest of the story.

Citra and Rowan both become Scythe apprentices more or less against their will, but that is the point. You aren’t supposed to want to kill people. I think Rowan was my favorite. He got handed the short straw and yet it didn’t break him. He stood strong and resilient.

I can’t wait to learn more about the Thunderhead in the next book. Now I just have to wait until November for the second book to come out.

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