Scythe is an explosive dystopian story following Citra and Rowan, as they have to make a moral decision they thought they would never have to make. In their world, death has been conquered, and life is pretty much as perfect and as effortless as it could be. But the circle of life still has to run its course, and that's where the Scythes come in. Angels of death, bringers of inevitable destiny. People revere them and fear them in equal measure, but they are vital to the smooth running of society. Citra and Rowan never thought they would have to take up that duty themselves, but do they really have what it takes to be the figure that everyone is most afraid of?
I was kindly sent Scythe by Walker Books in exchange for an honest review :)
Intrigued? Check out the blurb here...
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.
Right from the first page, Shusterman hooked me in and didn't let me go until the very last page. Everything from the writing to the characters to the plot was so carefully crafted that I never wanted to let this world go. This world has to be one of the most exciting, tense and brilliantly descriptive worlds I have ever come across in a book. Scythe is both terrifying and enticing in equal measure. Every chapter there was something new, something that shocked and intoxicated me. I think it's fair to say I haven't been this attached to a book in a looooong time.
I think Citra and Rowan are such great characters, and complex to the level that I don't think The Hunger Games quite accomplished. In a world that is so far removed from ours, whose morals we don't recognise (nor would we want to), I was glad to see that these characters were not simply people we would recognise from our own lives, but different in a way that fit in perfectly with the Scythe world. The characters and plot were so elaborate and convulated that I had no idea what was going to happen in the end. It's fair to say that the ending made me want to rush out straight away and buy the next book in the series (and devour it as soon as I possibly can!) Also, did anyone else hear about the movie?! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
Buy Scythe here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scythe-Arc-Neal-Shusterman/dp/1481485261
Check out Neal Shusterman here: http://www.storyman.com
Until next time :)