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Review – Scythe – Neal Schusterman

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Author: Neal Schusterman
Series: #1 in the Arc of a Scythe series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Description:
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.

Review:
There is no doubt in my mine that Neal Schusterman writes some of the most through-provoking YA dystopia that I’ve read in recent years. It might not be as viscerally blood and gore like the Hunger Games; but he manages to impact the reader in ways that will make you cringe just from the power of the writing. There is one scene from his first book that I read (Unwind) that to this day makes me shiver when I think of it. When an advertisement for his newest book, Scythe, popped up in my Goodreads feed – it was a done deal that I was going to be getting my grubby little paws on it (and huge thanks to my local library for having such great librarians who buy awesome books like that).

What would you do in a world where there was no death? no cancer, no car accidents? where you could opt to reset your life and start over? where if you did “die” (or go splat) that your body would heal itself? that is the world that Schusterman has written about in Scythe. Yet, in any kind of world, there must be some form of population control and that is where the Scythe’s come in. Scythe’s are those special people who have been trained in the art of taking lives – do they do it by poison, or by beheading, by stabbing or some other form of death. There are even Scythe’s who specialize in mass death…The first book in the Scythe series is the story of 2 teenagers who are apprentices to become a Scythe and their journey through the process.

In typical fashion, Schusterman raises many questions – the main ones for me focused around the idea of causing purposeful death? when you don’t call it murder in the societal sense. How would you pick who to kill? and in what method? how would you ensure that you aren’t focusing too much on any specific gender/race/religion when choosing your victims? In between the training that the apprentice Scythe’s undergoing, is the hint of a revolution in the core of the Scythedom – there is a reason behind the quote – ultimately power corrupts ultimately (John Dalberg-Acton) – what is more powerful than holding the life and death of an entire world in your hands?

I will admit that I was left with many questions after finishing Scythe – but that just means, I’ll have to wait impatiently for the next installment. If you are looking for a thought-provoking dystopia with death being forefront, then Scythe might be the book for you.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Book Review, Review

 

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Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up

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If you’re anything like me, you probably have first-book-series syndrome. Where you read the first book (or first couple) of a series, really like it then forget about it completely because there are so many new and shiny books out there (otherwise known as bight-shiny-new or BSN disease).

That’s why Cassi from Galavanting Girl and I teamed up to do a series challenge, the Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up. And you are more than welcome to join us! Just pick which series you want to catch up on, make a goal and post how you’re doing once a month.

Create a list of series you want to complete during 2014. Share it on your blog, then join us the first Saturday of the month as we share about our successes (or failures) in this series finishing adventure.

My series (and this was much harder than I thought, I have at least 20 in progress):
1. Rizzoli and Isles – Tess Gerritsen (Book 10)
2. Temperance Brennan – Kathy Reichs (Books 13, 14, 15, 16)
3. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (Book 8 – to be released in June)
4. Kari Vaara – James Thompson (Books 3 and 4)
5. Unwind – Neal Schusterman (Book 3 and 4 – book 4 due out in October)
6. Night Huntress – Jeanine Frost (Books 5, 6 and 7)
7. Chicagoland Vampires – Chloe Neill (Book 9)
8. Whiskey Creek – Brenda Novak (Book 6)
9. Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Marr (Book 3)
10. The Agency – Y.S. Lee (Book 2, 3, and 4 – book 4 due out in June)
11. Highland Pleasures – Jennifer Ashley (Books 5 and 6)
12. Barefoot Bay – Roxanne St Claire (Book 4)
13. Fast Track – Erin McCarthy (Book 7)
14. Dark Swan – Richelle Mead (Book 3 and 4)
15. Club Shadowlands – Cherise Sinclair (Books 7 and 8)
16. In Death – J.D. Robb (Books 19 and 20 – ok, so not really getting caught up, but attempting making a dent…and I have the entire series waiting for me, so who knows)

That gives me a grand total of 29 books that I’m aiming for in 2014.

What about you?

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Reading Events, Reading Plans

 

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