Goodreads Summary of Scythe:
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.
Rating For Both Books: 5/5 Stars
There are few authors that I trust to write a truly amazing dystopian and Neal Shusterman is one of them. I didn’t think that anything could surpass how mind blowingly awesome the Unwind series was but he outdid himself. I kept on seeing Scythe around but for some reason it didn’t appeal to me that much?? I don’t know why since Shusterman is an absolute genius. I decided to pick up Scythe on a whim and oh my god I’m so glad that I did. I cannot remember the last time that a book has enraptured me at this level. For the most part when I read a book that’s part of a series and the next book isn’t coming out for awhile, I don’t care that much and can survive but I don’t know how to survive until 2019!!!!! The ending for Thunderhead was amazing and I need the next one so badly. I need to know what’s going to happen to all my amazing cinnamon roll children.
I feel like we’ve reached a point in literature where there’s really no such thing as an original idea and there will always be some element that has been done before but Scythe had such an interesting and unique concept. A world where death, illness and chaos has been eradicated due to this sentient AI type being called The Thunderhead? The idea of needing to keep the population under control so having these scythes who are the only people who are not subject to the rules of The Thunderhead? This concept is so interesting and I’m probably going to be thinking about this world for the next year because there’s so much to think about. Shusterman is a master world builder and every tiny detail of the world is fascinating and I could honestly read a huge volume all about this world. It’s so well done that this future seems kind of plausible and that’s kind of terrifying to think about.
One of my favorite parts of the book were the interlude type entries that occurred in between chapters. In the first book they were entries from The Scythe’s journals while in the second book they were commentaries from The Thunderhead. Though they were very short, they were so interesting and it was really in those short writings that made me think the most. Some intense truth bombs were dropped.
Shusterman knows how to write series and not once during Thunderhead did I feel like it was suffering from Second Book Syndrome. His books are unpredictable which makes you always on the edge of your seat. I love how consistently good his books are and I know that the third book will be just as amazing as the first two.
While the concept is the thing that really drives this series, all of the characters are really interesting. The two main characters Rowan and Citra are both trying to fight for the greater good but they go about it in different ways which makes for a really interesting dynamic where the reader questions how good these characters actually are. I loved them both and they were just so precious. I also really liked the different scythe characters especially Scythe Curie and Scythe Farraday. The villain scythes were also very interesting and though we didn’t really see much of their backstory, their reasoning behind their actions was very concerning. I also loved seeing what different historical figures the scythes chose to be named after.
All in all I highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a morally complicated dystopian series that will leave you thinking long after you finish reading it.
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