Scythe Book Review

Hunter Daniel, Reporter

Scythe the first book in the arc of the scythe trilogy written by author Neal Shusterman. “Scythe” takes place in the future, proven by the technology within the book including AI or artificial intelligence, medical centers being able to bring people back to life and self-driving cars.

The history of the “Scythe” book series is very unique. It starts with the cloud evolving into an AI called the Thunderhead, which governs the world with a neutral perspective. The Thunderhead starts to take care of crime, terrorists, and the biggest thing that humans are plagued with, death. But with no one dying, the world was overpopulating so to solve this problem the people created an organization called The Scythedom. The scythedom was created to “glean” or what others would call kill people to keep the population under control. There were also set in place to keep scythe under control. The most important rule is that the scythes must not like the job and do not want to become a scythe.

The plot of the book is that a scythe named Scythe Faraday takes two apprentices, Rowan and Citra under his wing but a scythe different scythe named scythe Godder made the two apprentices are forced to play a game where the loser must be gleaned by the winner. But that is difficult for the two apprentices because the two of them were falling in love with each other.

The book was unique for a dystopia, science fiction book. The concept of it was well made, and a fresh take on a double-sided story.“A fresh, rich central conceit is often the first step toward a superior science fiction saga, and this new novel has a winner of a premise. Readers of Scythe will be with Rowan and Citra every step of the way as they prepare for their duties as dealers of death. Author Neal Shusterman tackles big themes but keeps the action running high, with plenty of twists, reversals, and unexpected secrets. This volume delivers a satisfying reading experience, but it also leaves plenty of room for an exciting follow-up,” cited by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media. But the story is inappropriate for younger viewers, the book should be 10 year and older age limit, but anyone should be able to read the book if they can handle it. The book deserves a 4.8 out of 5 stars.