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Sunday, October 29, 2017
New To Our Shelves: Scythe
by Neal Shusterman
Not even the future of the human race is safe in the new novel Scythe. The book Scytheby Neal Shusterman is a futuristic fiction novel. It takes place in the future of “MidMerica” when humans have finally conquered death and disease. The “Scythes” are the artificial grim reapers created to control the population. The main characters Citra and Rowan get the chance to become one of these bringers of death, and never have to worry about death or their families again.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Human nature is both predictable and mysterious; prone to great sudden advances, yet still mired in despicable self-interest.” A quote like this intrigues me because it makes me truly think about the way humans act. It’s as if humans will always be prone to care about themselves first being predictable, but every once in a while someone will do something great and bring everyone closer together.
Of course, a book couldn’t be good with good characters. My favorite character in the story is Citra. She is a bold and clever character, always wanting to do the right thing. She cares very much about her family which is an admirable trait to me. I find her very believable and could fit in modern time as well as the future.
Neal Shusterman wrote this story to entertain and did a spectacular job at it. If you’re interested in finding out more about the author click this link: http://www.storyman.com/ . I would definitely recommend this book for any kind of reader. It has the perfect amount of action and calm that fits most readers. It also has an amazing storyline you definitely will not forget. I would give this book five stars.
Author: Neal Shusterman
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Released on: November 22, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Review by: TJ
Summary: Citra and Rowan are selected to become scythes, and learn to glean or kill. Things get a little hairy as the year of training goes on when politics in the Scythedom start changing. Who will become the scythe, and who will die?
I’d have to say that my favorite characters are either Citra or Scythe Faraday. They just seem like very deep, characters. I would like to see Citra develop, but I want to hear Faraday’s backstory. What he did. What his aspirations were and that is what I want to hear in the second book. Scythe shows what is possible if we achieve peace and immortality. It would still be far from perfect, but what would come from it.
Overall, I’d give this book a 4.9 out of 5, because it was just that good. I highly recommend this book to people who are into fantasy and YA books, but want to read something else. I am a big fan of fantasy, and this book quenched my thirst enough, while bringing different tastes to the table, like being able to relate, and connect with the characters as there journey presses on. I think that is the key to a story, especially one starting a series.
In conclusion, I love Scythe. It was a fun experience that I had while reading it and it left me hanging on for more. I can't wait for the next installment to the series, Thunderhead, expected to come out in January of 2018.