Friday, February 3, 2017

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am reviewing Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

The Book-
Citra and Rowan live in a world without death. Sickness and old age have been cured and people are able to "turn the corner" and reset their body back to age 25. In order to keep the population in check the creation of Scythes came into being, people who can end a life without the body being revived.

Scythe Faraday chooses both Citra and Rowan to be his apprentices. As they begin to learn about the ways of killing, they are pulled into the Scythe political world of old school versus new school beliefs. Much to their dismay, Scythe Faraday is told to choose only one apprentice and then allow the chosen to kill the non chosen. Suddenly their rivalry takes on a new tone, and when Scythe Faraday is mysteriously killed, Citra and Rowan are separated and sent to tutor with two different Scythe's, one an old school follower and the other a new school believer.

They have less than a year to train before their final trial begins.

My Thoughts-

Another thought provoking book from award winner Neal Shusterman. What would you do if you could live forever? This question is at the heart of Scythe. People in this world have grown lackadaisical, their lives meaningless and repetitive. There is nothing new to learn and a super AI controls the Earth. Into this world come our two characters. They are young, still at an age where life is full of wonder and questions. They go to school and learn, though it is not necessary. They feel emotions and look forward to their future.

They also value human life, something that puts them into the sights of Scythe Faraday. Whereas many want to become a Scythe because it is popular and trend setting, both Citra and Rowan do not want to be in control of life or death. Of course, this makes them perfect, in the old school way of thinking, to become a Scythe.

They soon learn that not all Scythes feel this way, and despite laws set down to control Scythes and killing, a renegade group finds loop holes and enjoy killing in grisly and horrid ways. The difference between the two factions is illuminating and thought provoking. The question of what path Citra and Rowan will chose is up in the air and pulls the reader along on a tense journey. Their characters are well planned out and full of depth. You learn and grow with each of them, following them on their journeys and grimacing at the trials they are put through. Their voices are strong and carry individual weight.

Full of amazing characters, settings and a scary, possible future, Scythe is a 5 star read!


  1. 5 stars, eh? Scythe sounds SO interesting. It looks a little creepy, too (in a good way).

  2. Wow. This does sound thought-provoking. I hadn't heard of it. Thanks for the post.