Scythe by Neal Shusterman

June 29, 2018Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers | Pages: 435

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★☆


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.


It has taken me a long time to finally get to this book and while I’m glad I read it, it certainly did not live up to all of the expectations I had. That said, I still really enjoyed it overall.

First off, this was the first book by Neal Shusterman that I’ve read and I will honestly say that it will not be my last. His writing is phenomenal. He writes everything in such a manner that does leave you wanting more. He’s graceful and considerate with his words and yet can make you feel what the characters are feeling through the pages. While I enjoyed the story of Scythe, Susterman’s writing was much more enjoyable to me overall.

I really liked both Citra and Rowan. They were both characters that were strong individually, but together were unbreakable. Their undying desire to care for one another and be there for each other is incredibly heartwarming and I enjoyed watching this all unfold throughout the length of the novel.

While Scythe Farraday and Scythe Curie were minor characters in the grand scheme of things, I actually really loved them. I think they both contributed so much to the story. I also really enjoyed the insight we received from the gleaning journals at the end of each chapter.

My one issue with this novel is the pacing. I did feel at times that I just was not pulled to continue reading. I wanted it to be a bit more action packed than it was. I wanted to not put it down and yet I would pick it up sometimes just to read a page or two.

Overall, I definitely will be continuing this series. I think it’s a great story and there are fantastic characters. It certainly was a great step into the world of Shusterman’s books!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Favourite Quote: “Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.”

About the Author:

Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.

In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country (Read more of his bio on Goodreads)

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  • Carolina @fictionologyst

    June 30, 2018 at 3:26 am

    This book is definitely not for me, I’m not interestef to the political issue at all, tha pacce is all over the place, and a lot of plot holes, and I think the characters are boring 😂 But I love the worldbuilding though!

    1. Victoria @ Rocky Reads

      July 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Yeah, it wasn’t a favourite of mine. I can see your points for sure! I agree about the worldbuilding – Shusterman is quite good at that, I must admit!

  • readwithallison

    July 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Another book on my TBR that I need to get to! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

    1. Victoria @ Rocky Reads

      July 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      It definitely was an enjoyable read! I didn’t love it as much as other people, but it was still a good read! I am intrigued to continue the series 🙂

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