Review: Arc of a Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman

Since I first joined bookstagram, people have been telling me to read the Scythe series. And now I’m conflicted. Should I have read it back then? Or am I glad I waited until all three books were out so I didn’t have to play the waiting game? Either way, it doesn’t change how brilliant these books were. These were audiobooks listens for me – and I absolutely loved them as audiobooks – but I do have the physical copies now. Which I also love because bookstagram pictures!

But these books. This PREMISE! Where humans have beaten death. But people are gleaned based on statistics. And others are chosen to glean – or kill – those people. It was a situation that was so far-fetched and yet so tangibly possible that I was forced to actually consider my own morals!

Rowan and Citra are how young people chosen to become apprentice Scythes, and this series chronicles their time as apprentices and maybe one day Scythes, and the decisions they made during their time.

I loved so many aspects of this story. I loved the idea of Scythes taking the names of ‘patron historics’ – giving is Faraday, Curie, (Jim) Morrison, Goddard, and even Beyoncé! I was consistently taken by surprise with plot twists and could not see the end coming – even of each book, let alone the whole series!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Absolutely anyone. It’s got touches of sci-fi and fantasy, but could even be read almost as a contemporary. It’s a cautionary tale for what our world could very easily become. Neal Shusterman is an incredibly talented writer and I’ll definitely be looking for his other works.

This was a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars from me!

Happy reading loves

– B x

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