So Scythe is basically about murder and death and deathly murder. Exciting!
I feel like everyone and their dog and their aunt and their friend’s semi-literate fish has been begging me to read this…and look I finally did! It’s definitely worth all the rave reviews (although I confess to loving the author’s Challenger Deep and Unwind more).
And look, I keep whingeing on about how “I’m just not into dystopians anymore” but for two weeks in a row I’ve enjoyed them. So there we go! The world is full of murder and surprises.
+ In this dystopian universe, it’s a perfect world with no death. So people become scythes to keep the balance.
If you think that sounds like a terrifically flawed idea. WELL DONE! YOU ARE RIGHT! Humans are so good at mucking everything up. I do so love this world (it reminded me of The Giver) and amongst the perfectness, the scythes still h ave the ability to be cruel and warped. Although I confess even giving the scythes an opportunity to be violently cruel (with guns and flamethrowers and knives etc.)…kiiiind of lost me. Why even give them the option?! shouldn’t everyone get pacifist deaths?! Like a murder-pill or something??? If humanity is supposedly “perfect”???
+ But hello look at the cover. The scythes had freaking awesome robes and I want one.
No no, I don’t want to be a scythe. Just the robe. I NEED ONE. I mean I MIGHT JOIN THE SCYTHEDOM FOR ONE. I DON’T KNOW. GIVE ME THE OPTION AND WE’LL SEE.
+ It’s dual narrated by Citra and Rowan.
The story is split between them (plus little journal excerpts from other scythes between their chapters). Both have been basically forced into apprenticeships to Scythe Faraday and at the end, one has to glean the other. I enjoyed both their perspectives! Citra is a bit of a Slytherin go-getter and Rowan is a self confessed “lettuce” (aka: unimportant and forgettable). And if you put a Slytherin and a Hufflepuff together…I just ship it. I do. However, I did feel their narration was distant (which is weird as I generally adore 3rd person the best) but I was super keen to see how their story would unfold. Their relationship was also marvellous. SO CUTE. But if you don’t like romance, this actually has very very little.
ALSO THE BOOK IS VERY MEAN TO ROWAN AND MY POOR HEART.❤💔
+ It is kind of long though.
I felt it was a teeny tiny bit rambly, and it took me a while to get invested because there wasn’t much plot besides Citra and Rowan training to be scythes. However it was still enjoyable to read. I just…am not so big on the “now we FIGHT AND TRAIN” narratives that are everywhere.
+ AND THEN THE TWISTS CAME.
Like hit me in the face with a brick, why don’t you. One of the twists had me kind of going “OH. OH. I DIDN’T WANT THAT” which is a masterfully great feeling. Who needs happiness?! Not bookworms!
+ And I really appreciated the detail of the world building.
It’s a “perfect” society and everyone can reset their ages and live in comfort (although they still had to work/strive). The whole world just felt so CHILL. Apart from, you know, rogue scythes doing mass murders due to corruption. But what can we say. These things happen. The details of the world just really made it so easy to get lost in.
I was late to the Scythedom highway-to-hell but I’m HAPPY I’M HERE NOW. It wasn’t a “perfect” read for me as I wasn’t emotionally invested, but it was full of questions and things to make you think. There is death, corruption, feels and knives. Yes please and thank you.
THANK YOU WALKER BOOKS FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Scythe by Neal Shusterman was published February 2018.
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.