Review: Scythe by Neil Shusterman


This is very entertaining. I didn’t realize I missed reading dystopian slash utopian types of books until I picked up Scythe. The world building is very interesting. It’s the 2040s and there is no longer natural death, there is no poverty, no crimes, no government, no accidents which therefore leads to this end result-scythes are required to glean the lives of people in order to sustain population balance. And in the midst of this so called scythedom, two teenagers, Citra and Rowan (who remind me just a little of Katniss and Peeta, *winks*) are chosen to be apprentices to compete against each other to become a scythe, except only one of them could be victorious and the victor will have to glean the life of the loser.

There’s plenty of humor throughout the book even though the story is generally morbid.

“Oh, go glean yourself,” Lol.

I especially liked the scythes’ journal entries especially those of Hon. Curie’s. I think those journal entries are what made the entire book more appealing and more substantial. Also, the plot twists are quite surprising and exciting too.

And as with most dystopian-utopian stories, plenty of philosophies about life, death, morality and the likes come to play at the center of the plot which makes the story even more riveting. Of course, this is not to say that the book is free from flaws and absurdities, there are plenty of those but they are just the right amount to convince me to still employ suspension of disbelief.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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