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.
Sounds amazing, right?! Make sure to add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!
So, what did I think about Scythe? Well...
I *love* Neal Shusterman’s books. It’s not a secret, I talk about them all the time. I’ve been reading his books since elementary school. He’s an author that I go to when I need to get out of a slump. One of his books I’ve reread so many times that I lost count years ago. SO. The moment Scythe was announced I might have freaked out a little bit. Or a lot, who’s to say?
The concept of Scythe reeled me in right away and I couldn’t WAIT to read this book. I really wasn’t worried about not enjoying it. What I was worried about was whether or not it would reach the same level as some of Shusterman’s other amazing books. With that in mind, I went into Scythe with more of a critical view than I’ve had with his other books.
I loved it. I. Loved. It. I wasn’t let down even a little bit. The pacing was incredible. It had a great balance of action and character building. I didn’t want a book that was page after page of fight scenes, and Scythe definitely could have gone in that direction based on the synopsis. It didn’t. It had some fantastic high stakes moments, full of action and emotion. But it also had a lot of build-up in between. Moments that were even more emotional because I could feel everything building and building toward the climax.
Shusterman has redefined the dystopian genre for me. He did it first with the Unwind Dystology, and now he has again with Scythe, a book that focuses on a utopia with a distinctly dystopian air about it. He has a seemingly magical ability to make me feel like the worlds I read about in his books are right around the corner in our society. Scythe immersed me in a vivid world that felt so real, so tangible, that I was able to feel how the characters felt. The twists genuinely took me by surprise. I went through the entire spectrum of emotions in this one book. And the characters, oh, the characters. I absolutely can’t wait to read more of their stories.
I love Neal Shusterman books. And Scythe is not an exception. I know that this is a book I will reread many times, I already can’t wait to pick it up again. I’m eagerly awaiting more installments in this series, and I’m sure they will be just as much fun to read as this one was. Scythe is definitely one of my top reads for 2016 and I can’t recommend it enough!
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Huge thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC of Scythe in exchange for an honest review!