Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman



Scythe Review


Scythe tells the journey of two individuals: Rowan and Citra. This is the story of these two peoples on their way of becoming scythe’s. In this world, humans have conquered death and scythes are the only ones who can take life; they do this to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are apprentices of scythes – something neither of them really want. This book expertly gives all sides of view to the reader. You see Citra’s view, Rowan’s, and some of the other scythes as well. Throughout the book, the reader learns many things about their world and they start to compare our world to Citra’s and Rowan’s. You think much more deeply about death and how their “utopian” world is not a “utopia” at all. What if all causes of death were eliminated? What if you could become Death himself and have the power to decide who dies, where, and why? These questions revolve around your mind while reading this book and make you think, not about their world, but about our own. How different life could be?  Overall, Scythe is an intriguing and powerful book that should not be taken lightly.


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