Monday, 28 November 2016

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

by Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: November 18th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.

When I first received Scythe by Neal Shushterman in the mail, I screamed with glee, hugged it, and did a happy dance all the way to my reading nook. After hearing so much positive feedback from other bloggers and Simon & Schuster Canada, I was extremely eager to dive right in.

"Is that why you’re here?” Ben blurted “To glean one of us?”

My overall opinion on Scythe - It's the must-read dystopian fantasy of 2016! The intense and intricate plot and the overall realism of each and every character, including Citra and Rowan, was absolute perfection. Allow me to give you a quick drop on what Scythe is all about. It takes place in a world quite alike our own, however disease has been completely eliminated. The world is prosperous, however it's quickly getting overpopulated. The solution - gleaning - an act done by Scythes (professional reapers) who randomly choose and kill people in a means to keep the world from being as overly populated as it already is. However, Citra and Rowan, our main characters, are chosen to be Scythe apprentices, and then learn that their apprenticeship will lead them to be pitted against one another in a do or die fight.

I have to hand it to Neal Shusterman - Scythe's world was an intense and mysterious wonder. I was immediately hooked with Citra and Rowans tale and fell head over heels for the duo no matter the circumstance. Readers who are eager to find the next Divergent and Hunger Games are highly recommended Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Perfect for all readers over the age of 14, and in my opinion an excellent read for both men and women, it'll certainly win you over and have you immediately addicted to this series!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I wasn't too sure about this book when I first saw it in a newsletter, but now the cover has grown on me, and your 5/5 cupcakes has made me want to give it a try.

    Great review! :)

  2. Interesting book and the cover is gorg. :)

  3. He's a master at concept and characterization and his books always grab you!