Scythe by Neal Shusterman



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.


This book was disturbing on so many levels, but it was good. I found myself wrapped up in the story wanting more, I couldn’t put the book down. It was so fascinating to see the characters grow and become stronger and more in depth. The writing was amazing and descriptive.

You have two main characters, Citra and Rowan. They are apprentices to a scythe essentially competing to be one of the next scythes. In this world there is no death, anything that happens to you, you can be taken to a revival center and brought back to life.  So, they have created the scythedome. An Elite group of people who are in charge of killing people. One Scythe kills 5 people a week. It is basically a form of population control. Because with no death you get too many people and not enough of everything.

Citra and Rowan are thrown into the politicals of the scythedome. They eventually get separated and trained by two separate scythes. They also have the fact of whoever the winner will have to glean(Kill) the loser. You watch both characters grow, find themselves and who they are.

This book is quickly one of my favorites, I felt so conflicted liking it. Essentially it is a book about murdering people, different techniques of how to kill them.

I hope you do pick this book up if you do let me know your thoughts. We can chat in the comments.






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