Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
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.
Ciara 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. They learn living in a perfect world comes wi a heavy price.
I have seen so many reviews of this book I had to know what it was about, especially seeing it on the Battle of the Books list. I am not the biggest fan of dystopian novels but even so this was a great read.
In a world where accidental death and dying from old age are a thing of the past, death becomes more of a quota to fill, as managing the population is an everyday job of being a scythe. Scythes are above the law, immune from most types of death and are required perform a certain amount of gleanings(killings) each year.
Citra and Rowan are in competition to become the next scythe, yet neither one wants the position. In this world where scythes wield such power, it only seems natural that corruption comes into play. While training for the next scythe position, Citra and Rowan have to decide who they can trust and what their ultimate fate will be.
I liked the characters, the story flowed easily, it was such a unique novel and made you think what the world would be like without death. Would we lose our passion for life? I definitely plan to read the next in the series!
What were your thoughts on this novel? Have you read Thunderhead? Do you plan to read it?
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