Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Science Fiction
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.
I have to admit that besides reading this book for class, I was told and I mean told to read this book by a good friend. The funny part is that friend lives in Canada. However, I knew that with his recommendation and everything I have been hearing about the author I am glad that I checked this book out. I am glad I gave it a chance. I am glad that I gave myself to the world of scythes.
The world in which we are given was for me the most intriguing thing about the book. Who would't want to live in a world with no hunger, no disease, no war? Somewhat reminded of the movie "The Purge." Although, like most every good thing, there is always a price. Enter the Scythes.
The Scythes are a collective of individuals who are in charge of keeping population in order. Following a list of ten commandments which in turn gives rule to when is the appropriate time to end someone's life. Part of me resented how the scythes went about their job without showing emotion. But another part of me felt remorse for them. Living their whole life being tied down to a set of rules but most importantly being alone.
Citra and Rowan are complex characters who have been selected as apprentices. However, despite their growing friendship, they are pitted against each other early in the novel. In a competition full of lies and deceptions the two must battle the odds if there is any hope of survival.
Neal Shusterman writes a dark, enticing, masterpiece that weaves together the concepts of technology and immortality. In a novel that leaves the reader hooked and always guessing. Neal Shusterman's writing has surpassed my thoughts coming into this novel and has left me wanting more.
I give this book 5 souls!