“Scythe” by Neil Shusterman // Book Review

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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.

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.


“Without the threat of suffering, we can’t experience true joy.” 

“You have three hundred sixty-five days of immunity.” And then, looking him in the eye, said, “And I’ll be seeing you on day three hundred sixty-six.”


It had been a long time since I had read YA dystopia. This book is everywhere, the reviews are always positive, it’s very simple I think haven’t read one negative opinion among the people that I follow.

Verdict: I liked it, it’s not a favorite but I had a good time with this book. I finished it last week if I remember correctly, and few days later I’m still not so sure to continue the series. Maybe I’m getting tired of this literary genre … Or maybe I didn’t care enough about the characters …?!

However, I really liked to discover this new universe built by the author. A world where nobody dies anymore: no more diseases, no more old age, no more suffering … Even in case of accident it is possible to be resuscitated. Death is no longer scary.

But of course this poses a major problem: overpopulation!

To counter this negative effect of immortality (if we can say that like that). “Scythe”, who are ultimately just people like you and me, have the duty to kill people. These Scythe are therefore feared by the population since nobody is safe from being chosen!

Like I said the story as so many possibilities to be amazing. But as I start to appreciate more thrillers (not YA) and darker books, I would have loved to read this one written for an adult audience. In conclusion, I think I would have appreciated it a few months earlier. Now my tastes have changed.

This does not remove the quality of this book that I strongly advise to you if you like YA novels, I am sure you will love it!






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