Yay, I actually read a book that was on my TBR! I finished this book on Friday and let me tell you, I was gobsmacked by how good it was. I know Regan from PeruseProject was raving about it, but I just didn’t realize how outstanding it was going to be.
Onto the review!
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. – Goodreads
Rating: 5 Stars
Let’s start off with the writing. The writing was so beautiful and intricate, that it felt like a tapestry of woven stories and real life experiences. Neal Shusterman made something so fictional feel so real and I have to tip my hat to him for that. It almost felt like I was reading poetry in a way, just how the words flowed and turned into a real thing. It was also very mature, how it was written. There was no teenager whining or angst or anything, and I really appreciated that.
At the beginning, I felt like there was no plot, which sounds like a bad thing but is the complete opposite. The book just showed the characters going through their daily life and showing their struggles and their successes. I felt like I could’ve read a book like that, with no plot, and I’d have been incredibly happy. What did happen however, as I got further into the book, was mindblowing. I was on the edge of my seat at times and at some moments I actually gasped aloud (thankfully I was alone).
Now, about the characters. Sometimes, when a book has multiple POV’s, one POV turns into the main one and the other characters are just along for the ride. This book didn’t do that. Both Citra and Rowan were fully fleshed out main characters who seemed to get exactly the same amount of page time as each other. They both had their own stories and I adored both of them. I don’t think I could pick a favourite, because they were both so totally different. I’m actually surprised at how attached I got to these characters, and I can’t wait to see more of them in the next books. Also, this is a great pick to read if you don’t want to read romance. I mean, there are hints of attraction, but nothing major at all and it’s dealt with very maturely in my opinion.
Now, regarding the sequels. I loved this book and will be more than happy to read the other books in the series. But this book could work perfectly as a standalone. It does have a semi open ending, but no very big cliffhangers or anything. So if you’re someone who doesn’t really like reading series, I still recommend this book to you.
So that is my review for Scythe by Neal Shusterman done! I hope you enjoyed this review and please tell me in the comments what you thought of it. Have a great day and I’ll see you guys soon. Bye!