So this is a series that I go on about a fair bit on here, but I suddenly realised that I’ve never posted a full review of the first two books in the series on here. Over the next two days, I aim to change that. Today marks the first instalment with my review of Scythe.
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.
Scythe is a force of nature: a brilliant, engrossing series opener that is clever and makes you question the world around you. It deals with complex moral issues, without seeming preachy.
Shusterman has created this engaging and layered world that just draws you in from the first page. I could read endless books about this well-crafted and complex world, as Shusterman only hints at bits and pieces of this intriguing future.
The book does contain a fair amount of graphic violence though, as it is essentially about professional killers. Therefore, I would recommend this for slightly older readers or those who feel mature enough to read about some rather violent deaths. However, it isn’t gratuitous violence and always acts as a way to help the reader know more about a character.
The concept is so original and interesting that you can’t help but take notice. Throughout the story you get these cryptic journal excerpts that lead to one of the best twists in the book. Both narrators felt distinctive and unique, so you couldn’t help but sympathise with their perspectives.
Scythe is a gripping book that I devoured in one sitting. This is definitely a series to watch. Five stars!
Over To You:
Have you read Scythe? What did you think of it?