Scythe Review


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     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.

-Neal Shusterman


     Scythe, by Neal Shusterman, takes place in a dystopian future where every problem has been solved. This sets up a very interesting world where the only thing that can be corrupted is at stake. The world is so flawlessly created by Shusterman that one almost forgets what is real after reading. He creates such complex characters while maintaining the fact that they are relatable to the modern teenager. Scythe begins a 3 novel arc that ties everything together with ease. I recommend it for anyone who loved Hunger Games, Divergent, The Program, or any other bestselling young adult series for dystopian stories.