Review | Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Hello, fellow readers! The holidays are over, and it feels good to get back to regular content, which means book reviews! Scythe by Neal Shusterman was one of the last books I read in 2018 and I devoured it. I think I would have read it in two or three days if my schedule had allowed it!

Description: Scythe is a YA dystopian novel set in a perfect world where people do not die naturally anymore. There is also no hunger, pain, disease, wars, etc. Because people are unable to die, there is a society of people called Scythes around the world who are responsible for “gleaning” people to help control the population.

What I Liked: I thought the concept of this story was unique and fresh and just what I was looking for in a YA novel. This was my first Shusterman novel, and his writing is fantastic. The story really made me think about the future of our world with so many advances in technology. Will the world ever reach a point of stagnation in which people have no purpose anymore because people know everything there is to know?

The characters were fantastic and I became attached to them quickly, even th ones who were unlikable in the beginning. There were so many twists and turns to the story that I never saw coming, which is always a welcome surprise.

What I Didn’t Like: The pacing of the story is a bit slow at times. There is alot of world building, but it is told as the story progresses and not just dumped on the reader at the beginning of the story.

I also did not buy in to the (slight) romance in the book. I do not want to spoil anything, but the two characters never have any interaction for such attachments to form in the elapsed amount of time. But it seems all YA books think they must have some type of romance, so I’ve come to accept it.

Final Thoughts: Overall, I rated this 5 stars on Goodreads. The story is unique and will capture your attention immediately. The character development is wonderful, and there are two specific characters I hope to learn more about in the sequel. I don’t even know what to compare this to, but I think it is the most original dytopian idea since The Hunger Games, only it is 100 times better than that. I will definitely be checking out the sequel in 2019.

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4 thoughts on “Review | Scythe by Neal Shusterman

  1. I still found this to be a 5-star book because 5 stars, for me, is a book I love, not a perfect book. That said, there were some issues with this book. I agree that the pacing is kind of weird. Almost nothing happens in the first third, which is especially weird given how much plot and world-building is in the rest of the book. While I definitely think the romantic elements have the potential to grow later, I think that these characters would have had a more interesting and dynamic relationship without romantic undertones. Still, I’m reading the sequel now and can’t wait to see more about the world!


    1. There were some lulls in the plot for sure. I think it was Part Two or Three that I had a hard time getting through. I agree that the characters would’ve been more interesting without a romance. There’s absolutely no reason for them to be loyal to each other in that way. In any case, it was entertaining and a unique idea, so it earned five stars for me! I would love to hear your (non-spoiler!) thoughts about Thunderhead!

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