Book Review: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

28954189TITLE: Scythe

AUTHOR: Neal Shusterman

Publication Date: November 22nd, 2016

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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. divider 3


I have something to admit. Something embarrassing. I have put off reading Scythe for a really dumb reason: I didn’t like the cover. Now that I’ve read the book, I kind of love the cover. I need to be better about judging a book by its cover. 

I really really enjoyed this book. I’ve always wondered what it would be like if humanity ever ‘cured’ aging/death and the Scythedom is such an interesting answer to that. 

The plot twist in the middle of the book genuinely took me by surprise. I didn’t see it coming at all, which isn’t something that happens too often. 

I loved both Citra and Rowan, for totally different reasons. Citra is fair and sarcastic, while Rowan is kind and quiet. Their divergence was incredibly interesting -and sad- to read. I loved Scythe Curie, and completely detested Scythe Goddard. It was really awesome to see the different gleaning methods from each mentor and how it affected each apprentice. 

I didn’t super love the romantic aspects (except what we learn about Scythe Curie later on, I LOVED that), though it wasn’t super awful either. I think it’ll be interesting to see where that goes in the rest of the series. 

Overall I really enjoyed Scythe and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I’m going to try my best not to judge a book by its cover. You’d think I’d have learned this lesson years ago. 

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My Rating:


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Are you guilty of judging books by their covers? Let me know below!!

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

  1. You crack me up. And reading how you feel about Citra and Rowan gives me so many feels knowing what I know.

    I will await your feelings after you read Thunderhead and you can wait for my complete breakdown when I stay up all night devouring The Toll.

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