Monday, January 27, 2020

Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Book: Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA Dystopian
Rating: ★ ★ ★  

I've been wanting to read this one forever, and so for Christmas I ended up getting the whole trilogy. So hopefully by the time I meet Neal Shusterman in April, I will have them all read and can understand everything he has to say about them. And maybe I can even ask him all my questions. Ha.

Anyway. This one is CRAZY! It takes place in a not so distant future, where everything bad about the world has been eliminated. Even death. All people are immortal. However, even this ends up causing a  problem, which is... over population. It is realized that people still need to die. And so certain people who are called Scythes, are appointed (after a rigorous testing period) to be the ones who decide who dies and who lives.

And basically, they become gods, and are treated as such by the people of the world.

This is the story of two kids who are chosen to apprentices to become Scythes. They are not happy about it, but as things go along, they realize that they do actually want this job, as depressing and sad as it is.

As we go along, the story addresses the question of what happens if corrupt people end up as Scythes? What then? And Scythes really have to answer to no one. What then?

It's a scary thought.

Our two kids are brilliant and it's fun to see them grow and change. Their story is truly just starting when this book ends, so I'm excited to continue reading and see what happens next!

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts? Did you find it disturbing and fascinating both at the same time?


  1. I never read blogs anymore but I needed to know what you thought. It sounds like I’m going to have to bump this up on my tbr.

  2. I really like Neal Shusterman, but SCYTHE just did not appeal to me at all. It was long, boring, and I did not GET the world, you know? It seems like this one is a love it or hate it kind of book. I'm in the latter category, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. And how fun that you're going to see Shusterman in person. He seems like a great guy!



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