book review

So I just read Scythe by Neal Shusterman and…

It’s a good book. I actually finished this a little while ago and have read the second one since then and thought I was really on the fence about the first time I’ve found a new appreciation for it. That being said, this is just a review of the first book, my review for the whole series will be coming out when I’ve finished the 3rd book. 

In a world where death has been conquered and aging is no longer an issue Sythes are given the power to end life. Scythe by Neal Shusterman centers around Citra and Rowan who have been picked to become an apprentice of a Scythe, something they really aren’t happy about. They’re forced to master the art of death while also facing their own issues. 

I’ve always loved a mentor character, people like Hymich from The Hunger Games or Arthur from The House in the Cerulean Sea, so I was really looking forward to getting my teeth into Honorable Scythe Faraday but I felt like we hardly got to know him at all. The character felt really underdeveloped and wasn’t even there for a lot of the story.

That’s definitely something to keep in mind throughout this book, it’s hugely story based more than character driven and while that’s not normally an issue for me I felt like the characters were almost forgotten about. Citra and Rowan are the main characters in this book, the apprentices of Scyth Faraday, felt like the stereotypical young heroes from any Young adult novel and while normally that’s fine but the story and world is so interesting and some of the background characters are well written so why couldn’t Shusterman put as much time into the main characters. 

The world building is so beautiful, I really felt like I had a good understanding of how things work though as always there’s a lot of questions I have… I think that’s me overthinking things as always. The Thunderhead is a really good concept and I know in the second book the idea is expanded on more, I like the idea that two very important forces, the Thunderhead and the Scythes, are forced to stay separate because of their own laws.

I do like this book and I think if people came to me and said they were looking for a YA book that’s like the Hunger Games and is mindless then I would 100% recommend this book and I am really excited to read the other last one in this series but at the end of the year this isn’t a book I’m going to mention in my yearly favourites. 

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