Scythe – Neil Shusterman

Thou shalt kil…

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life – and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep 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 consequences of failure could mean losing their own.

In Scythe we meet a world where humanity conquered death. People can live for hundreds of years, without being afraid of dying of old age.

However, there is one thing they fear; the scythes. The ones chosen to keep the population under control. They are also the only ones who can end lives.


They are feared and respected are the same time. No one wants to change positions with a scythe.


And the teens we meet in Scythe, are the ones who definitely do not want change positions with a scythe, yet they get chosen to apprentice to a scythe. Which means they’ll have to learn their ways, which contains the one thing scythes are feared for: killing.


Citra and Rowan are the chosen teens. Both dome from different upbringings, but have on thing in common: they don’t want to be a scythe. But is the one thing that can make them a great scythe, some believe.


Both Citra and Rowan change drastically throughout the whole book. And I love that! This is the book that shows that people change, thanks to the things that happen in their lives.


Scythe was a very fast-paced book! There were certain scenes that could’ve been longer, I wouldn’t mind that. But overall, the longer scenes wouldn’t suited the book in the end. It wouldn’t have been such a fast-paced book, otherwise.


In the end, I really enjoyed this book, the writing style and the setting! I would for sure recommend it to those dystopian lovers out there!


I ended up giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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