Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman


Click here to purchase: Scythe (1) (Arc of a Scythe)

This was one of those books I didn’t want to put down! There was a section at the end of part 2 where I had to take a break because the storyline was just mind-blowing, but after I let it sink in for a while I jumped right back in. The only reason I didn’t just sit and finish this book in one day was the fact that I had to go to work!


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. They learn living in a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.


  • I liked the writing style. This was the first book from this author I had read, and it was easy to get into and the story flowed well.
  • The ending was good. It wasn’t one of those that leave you going “What just happened?” I was actually laughing at the end, picturing in my head how all of it was happening.


  • Like I mentioned earlier, I had to take a reading break at the end of part 2 and it was almost enough to make me want to stop reading. It took a little bit for me to get back into the book after starting back on part 3. Just a warning: it gets rough, but it gets better! Push through it!

I would definitely recommend reading this book! It has been added to my list of favorite books. I can’t wait to read more of this series and other books by Neal Shusterman as well!

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