Book Review: Scythe (YA Dystopian Fiction Novel)

Scythe features fascinating world-building and presents thought-provoking questions about the possible repercussions of human immortality.

Have you ever heard of this novel? If not, well allow me to bring you up to speed. Spoiler-free of course.

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Title: Scythe | Author: Neal Shusterman | Published: 2017

Set in the near-future, natural death has become a thing of past. As have war, hunger, and disease.

The Cloud is in control and provides for everyone’s needs from food to employment, housing, education, and anything else that may be required.

But this new reality must be preserved, and the population must not get out of hand, therefore, people still need to die.

Instead of by natural causes, death now comes by trained killers called Scythes. And two new apprentices have been chosen.

We follow teenagers Citra and Rowan, as they learn the art of kill-craft and discover what it truly means to be a Scythe.

Here’s the official synopsis…

What I Liked About the Novel

Wow! What a premise! This book is a thought-provoking exploration of the implications of human immortality.

Twists and turns galore. Some I saw coming a mile away, and some I didn’t. I never really knew where things would end up, but this was quite the ride.

Solid plotting that kept me engaged throughout. I never got lost in the story or grew bored while reading it. In fact, every time I put the book down, I couldn’t wait to return to it.

Things that Could’ve Been Better

For all of the questions the novel presented, the story lacked gravity completely. Given the subject matter, and the issues within, I expected it to leave more of an impact. But sadly, it didn’t.

The writing was so accessible. Maybe too accessible. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the writing style, yet I still found myself wanting writing that was a bit more complex. It’s a double-edged sword, I suppose. I enjoyed it, yet I wanted more.

Final Thoughts

My Final Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this one, guys. And I plan to continue on with the series.

So, if you’re interested in an immersive, thought-provoking, dystopian novel set in the near future, that gives you a lot of food for thought, consider giving Scythe a spin.

I bet you’d really enjoy it. I know I did.

Happy Reading!

All the Best,

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