Book Review: Scythe

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 435

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.


Citra and Rowan have a chance to become a Scythe – a necessary position in their world that randomly selects people to die to keep their world a perfect one. Unfortunately what starts as a competition for the position becomes a competition to the death, as one of them will die if not chosen. This provision comes about by the council of Scythes. The pair is separated from training when their Scythe dies. Citra ends up with a legendary woman Scythe, but Rowan is forced to deal with a sinister Scythe who seems to glean for the pleasure of killing.

There are so many elements to this book that completely sucked me in. The world is similar yet different from our own – having no crime or death beyond Scything and old age. The characters are quite compelling and I loved that it was told in two different POVs. The story was engaging, full of twists and turns and hard choices.

Verdict: Such an amazing book, the world building was killer, the characters relatable and the story engrossing! A book you won’t be able to put down!

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