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    Very Original YA Novel :)

    4.5/5 /SPOILER-FREE REVIEW/ What I thought about it, roughly: I really adored the concept: from the first page I read, I knew I would like the story and world building! What I thought about it, in details: Characters: I really enjoyed the fact that we had two points of views of the Scythe apprenticeship, because both views were very different and so interesting! It allows the reader to understand better how everything works and also allows us to the diversity of Scythedome! I liked also the evolution of the characters throughout the book, I thought that was well done. However, the relationship between the two was very expectable and didn't surprise me at all so I would say the problem with the main characters is the relationship they have with each other, a bit too seen in YA. However, I enjoyed a lot the secondary characters, I thought they were great and really added to the story, I loved all the mentor Scythes, they were great and had their own personality and really stood out from each other! Plot: The beginning of the book was really strong as well as the last chapters, I really loved that, it helps the reader to really be into the story from the first few pages. However, I found myself a bit bored in the middle of the book, that's why I didn't give the book a 5/5 stars: I had to force myself a bit to continue the story and arrive to something more exciting. However, don't get me wrong, the whole book is full of great plot twists and really action-packed but I don't know, I felt it lacked of something as I wasn't hooked throughout the whole book. World-building: I loved the world! What a great idea, I really really loved it. It's very innovative and of course, death has always been kind of a mystery for mankind and it's always very fascinating to imagine this kind of world where there is the need of "scythes" to balance the world population. I also thought that the fact that no one can naturally die was really well exploited in the story, we really had a lot of different views on "splats" (kind of suicides) and how people behave because of this new kind of society. Really interesting and makes you think a bit about what the world would be if no one would die! Writing: A kind of basic writing for YA but it really works. Thes story is so good that the quality of writing is not really noticed (I'm not saying the writing is mediocre, it's very far from that, but it's not the best writing of the world nor very original). Ending: Quite good. It makes me wonder what will happen in the sequel! Not the most surprising ending ever, but good nonetheless. The plot twist that made me really surprised and excited about was a bit before the end, but the ending is not bad.
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    Wow. I wasn’t expecting that

    What a great read. I’ve been reading science fiction for 50 years. I’m rarely surprised and interested as much these days as I was by this. It’s an intriguing idea and whilst there may be a few flaws in the logic of the context it gives a great setting to explore some ideas that might otherwise not be possible. I hope the sequel(s?) live up to this one
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    A woeful tale

    It raises that old question about when is killing someone not murder? And the answer is not forty two.
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    Great book

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and very glad i found this author. It was very hard to put down and I must know how the storyline continues
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    Great YA for any age

    One of the best YA novels I have read in ages. It scared me for the future similar to Handmaids Tale. Bring on books 2 and three.
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