The premise is the reason I picked this book to read, and the story is why I couldn’t put it down. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading Scythe. Having never read anything from Shusterman in the past, I prepared myself to be jarred by a different writing style than I’m accustomed to. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
The story begins with two teenagers living in a perfect world with no poverty, no illness, no war, and no death. The biggest problem the world faces is an out of control population growth. Enter the Scythedom , an order of men and women known as Scythes whose job is to bring death to unsuspecting targets. Rowan is full of self-doubt, keeping his feelings locked in tight. Citra is a self-assured girl who doesn’t shy away from speaking her mind. The two are thrust into a world neither of them feels comfortable in. Scythe Faraday surprises them with a choice they aren’t expecting. He wants them to be his apprentices. Neither wants to be a Scythe, which happens to be the number one rule when recruiting apprentices. As if the story didn’t already have me questioning whether I could be a part of that world, it takes a sharp turn. Rowan and Citra are pitted against one another. One must become a full-fledged Scythe and “glean” the other. Shusterman kept me on my toes with one twist after another. Each character is well thought out and brings their own unique perspective to the table.
After reading such a fantastic book, I find myself excited to read the next in the series. Scythe is a must-read for anyone looking for a new story in the realm of science fiction.
Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.