Scythe – Book Review


Scythe is a book written by Neal Shusterman. Mr. Shusterman had a book deal less than a year out of college and has many successful books and series. The novel was bound to be popular and that it was. Online, the book was everywhere, with an average 4.30 out of five stars from over 14,000 ratings on Goodreads, a website made for booklovers. The synopsis sure makes it interesting enough to pick up.

‘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.’

Obviously a futuristic story is hot right now, especially one with such intense story building starting just from the synopsis. It is a story filled with twists and turns along with the omnipresent threat of death, a perfect mix for a thrilling read. This book is loved already and seems to be a hot hit for everyone, the rating says it all.

Even though this book was published November of 2016, students at DAHS are starting to pick it up now. The English Book Festival is starting and everyone is racing to read the books on the list, Scythe being one. One student, Kyle Claypool, has finished it and loved it. He constantly recommends it and keeps trying to talk to students reading it. Overall, the already popular book will get a lot more popular with participants of the Book Festival picking it up.