Scythe (#1) by Neal Shusterman


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Fantasy Series, Book 1

5/5 Gleanings

What is it about?

In the future the world is a utopia run by an AI government known as the Thunderhead. There is no poverty, illness, or death. The only thing the Thunderhead does not have jurisdiction over is the Scythedom. The order of Scythes are responsible for curbing excess population growth by providing people with true death in an unbiased and responsible manner.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to Scythe, and in the course of their apprenticeship they learn that not all Scythes are as honorable as they ought to be.

Is it good?

This book gave me goosebumps! Well, maybe I was just cold [because summer is NEVER coming to Seattle!! *cries*] but it was a really good book. I didn’t cry but my eyes did sting a little. I worried for the characters, and I felt joy when they did. I couldn’t resist sharing the story and the world with my husband, asking him many “what would you do if…” questions.

I guess I was a little skeptical about this book living up to its hype. When I brought it home from the library (it was on the Readers Choice shelf right at the front) I was surprised to find that it wasn’t even on my TBR list. I did really enjoy the story, and I hope you do, too!

Did this book live up to your expectations?  Is book 2 “Thunderhead” just as good?

7 thoughts on “Scythe (#1) by Neal Shusterman

  1. I loved Scythe and Thunderhead! I’m a huge Shusterman fan, so it was easy to pick up these books and fall in love with his futuristic style. I read the Unwind dystology previously and was enthralled by the way he took on the hard hitting issues and put them so neatly into the plot. He always leaves the reader questioning things about the real world at the end, which is what I like most about him. Thunderhead builds on the world of Scythe and is a great sequel. It also left me breathless. I can’t wait for book 3!

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  2. Hmm, I have been keeping away from the book mostly due to hype but as I see more and more of my blogging buddies rating it highly, I think I need to just give in and read it! 😀

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    1. You should go into it with an attitude that says “I’m going to like it” and then you may find yourself surprised and satisfied at the end!

      Sometimes when I expect to love something it’s flaws become too noticeable… so it doesn’t hurt to keep realistic expectations! ❤️

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