AUTHOR: Neal Shusterman
SERIES: Arc of a Scythe #1
GENRE: Fantasy, Dystopia
AGE CATEGORY: Young Adult
PUBLISHED: February 1st 2018
PUBLISHER: Walker Books
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A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.
In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes’ apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser.
Everyone is guilty of something, and everyone still harbors a memory of childhood innocence, no matter how many layers of life wrap around it. Humanity is innocent; humanity is guilty, and both states are undeniably true.
Well that was… something different? A wild ride? I’m having trouble wording this one. It definitely is something different, something I haven’t read about before. Not that I haven’t read books about immortals but you know, those are always about fae, vampires etc. Not about immortal humans!
I’m not gonna lie, I did get a little anxious while reading this book. I did need to step back for a while before finishing this. To sort out my head. I’m that person who scares death a lot. I was so scared and anxious about dying after my first born that I couldn’t even sleep because I was sure I’d die if I closed my eyes. So this is all on me, on my weird working head.
But if I step back from my own problems and just think of the book outside of my head, it was definitely something different, a good type of different! I really do like the concept. Even though it is a fantasy book, I can’t help but think that there is a bit of truth in it! I mean, is it totally something that would never happen? I don’t think so.
In Scythe every chapter starts with a page from one Scythe’s journal. At first I was trying to think that do I really have to bother reading those? (Yes, I am sometimes very lazy about things like those) But they are kind of necessity to the story to read.
And beside those journal entries, the chapters were kind of a mix of both the MC’s POVs. Sometimes the whole chapter was for only one of them and sometimes they both were mixed in one. I did find that a little annoying at times. At this paragraph you’re reading about Citra and when you move to the next line, you’re suddenly somewhere else with Rowan.
The characters pulled out all kinds of feelings from me. I fully understand the reasoning behind Scythe Faraday! Scythe Curie turned out to be a mommy bear, kind of. Citra and Rowan both had their annoying features but don’t we all? I’m not even going to talk about Scythe Goddard. But Scythe Volta on the other hand… Well, if you know, you know.
From the start you know what Rowan and Citra will have to do at the end of the book. I mean, it reads right there, in the synopsis! So all the time I caught myself trying to pick a favorite. The one who should be chosen, one to root for. But I JUST COULD NOT DO THAT! No matter how hard I tried, every time when one started to seem a little more annoying than the other, I was like “oh, you’re going to die”. But then my mind was swayed again. So I root for them both. And I still don’t know how to feel about the ending. I mean I do quite hate the ending because now I need to hunt down Thunderhead!
All in all I did quite enjoy Scythe! It has a unique concept to it which did get me a little anxious yes, but that is on me and I’m not letting that fact effect on my rating. Because I should have known and prepare a little better.
But it is a book of tough decisions. Two young human beings are taken away from their families to even tougher world of Scythe’s. They are put in a position that is not making life easy for either one of them. And yet, they still need to try to figure out how to survive themselves.