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Neal Shusterman

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman is a trilogy surrounding a dystopian society where people cannot die. A world with no war, no disease, no hunger, no misery, nothing. Everything has been conquered and solved by humans, even death. Now the only method of death is at the hands of a scythe. Scythes are commanded to kill in order to control the world’s population. The entire trilogy, Scythe, Thunderhead, and The Toll, follows the story of Citra and Rowan who are apprentices to become scythes -- a responsibility that neither wants. Citra and Rowan must master the “art” of ending lives, or else it might be their heads on the chopping block next. Although the humans seem like they rule the world, in reality, there’s an omnipotent AI called the Thunderhead. The Thunderhead lives everywhere, it controls everything. The story of Citra and Rowan puts the two of them against each other for a role neither wants. The winner’s prize? Life. The loser? Death. The relationship between Rowan and Citra is a perfect blend of friendship and love, betrayal and forgiveness, and everything in between.

I loved this series. Scythe, hands down is one of my favorite books of all time. I will say that it can be a bit boring sometimes, but I was able to read the entire first book in 2 days. I didn’t want to put it down. I have read all three of the books of the trilogy, and if you do decide to read Scythe, I recommend reading the entire series. Neal Shusterman is an incredible author, and I will look forward to reading more of his books. Out of all three books, Scythe was my favorite by far. The story is interesting, exciting, and such an amazing blend of everything. Thunderhead was a bit more of a drag, and although I finished it, I did have to force myself to read it at some times. The beginning of The Toll also took some forcing to read, but as the book continued, I got more and more invested into the final parts of the story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian fiction.

Grade Level:

- Suggested: 6th-9th

- Advanced: 5th

- Genre: Fantasy/fiction

- Key Elements: Dystopian society, scythes

- Possible Themes: Be careful of the world

Overall Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading!

-The Book Lover-

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