In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives. – Goodreads.com
THIS BOOK. After finishing this book I just had to sit with it for a while – and that last line is one to remember. Stellar world-building, complex subject matter, exemplary writing – just everything.
Rarely am I surprised about plot twists or surprises, but this one got me – I mean jaw-dropping, can’t believe that really happened shock. On the page prior to this shocking turn of events, I’d been thinking how utterly amazing it would be if something like happened, but it went against the ‘rules’ of plot development. And then I ran into another one of these moments at the end of the book. More writers should toss the rules out the window.
Scythe deals with some dark themes (as did the Unwind series), but it’s done masterfully. The character development is outstanding, especially with one of the MCs. The journal entries between the chapters offer a glimpse not only into the history of scythes and their deepest thoughts, but also of what’s to come in the future.
I can’t recommend this book enough to fans of Shusterman and YA fantasy – but it’s easily a YA crossover and will appeal to adults as well. Scythe is scheduled for publication November 22, 2016.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC.