Wednesday 26 December 2018

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Paperback, 435 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 22nd 2016)
YA Dystopia
Arc of a Scythe #1    Library

My Thoughts
I am sure I have forgotten half the things that bugged me, but here we go.

It started off ok, then it got good, but the last part dragged and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I had just wasted time on a crap book. The end took it from ok to bad.

I get that it is an dystopian Utopia, but it was so bloody stupid.

Some people are 300 years old, have 20 kids and have been married a bunch of times. They might have great great great great grand children and the family tree is huge. Because you can not die, and if you want you can look and be 21 again.

Then there are 6 year olds that are killed, oh wait gleaned. How is that even fair? Why put up with a world like that?

It is a world that has too many people so some have to die. But ok maybe first make a rule that you can not have 20 kids. Or that you can not be 300.

Why do kids even have to go to school when everything is known. Internet is its own entity.

There are Scythes who kill people so that there are not too many. But the ways are barbaric. Since people died of different things then these people kill by different things. Like walking up on the street and cut someones throat, and that is ok. People think Scythes are rockstars. And I can just not believe it. It is so bloody stupid.

No one keeps an eye on the Scythes. Sure they have rules, but if they want to they can offer immunity so that you can not die for a year. And some are damn right serial killers

This world is just so freaking stupid

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 is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price. 


  1. Hmm. The cover makes me think it's trying to evoke The Handmaid's Tale...

  2. It sounds a bit confusing. Sounds like it could have been better.

  3. Oh that's one I heard so much about!

  4. Replies
    1. I should never have said we should read it

  5. I think I bought this audiobook when it was on sale, though I haven't listened to it yet. Well, hearing how mixed you were on it, I'm glad I didn't spend too much, lol. But I guess I'm still a little curious!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  6. It is so tough to engage with a story when the rules of the story world make no sense.

  7. I'd heard good things about this one so I'm glad for your review. I agree, sounds stupid.

  8. I was going to read this author, but after my husband described his last series I was like "no". Sorry this didn't work either!

    Btw, hope you've been enjoying the holidays. I'm just getting back to catching up with everyone before the next one arrives! :)

    1. I am so late with catching up too. The holidays sure makes one tired!

  9. Sorry this one wasn't better. I love that cover though.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart



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