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  • 26 person found this review helpful

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    Absolutely Stunning

    * I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.* Scythe almost flew under my radar. I've never read anything by Neal Shusterman before and hadn't heard about this one until all of a sudden those closest to me kept talking about it. Then I went to the Simon & Schuster Canada preview and they built up even more hype for this title for me. I'm always scared going into titles with that much excitement but let me tell you...it blew my expectations OUT OF THE WATER! There are so many incredibly powerful questions raised through the plot of Scythe and what I love is that nothing is easily resolved or quick-fixed. It looks at morality, human nature, power, corruption, and the actual feasibility of a Utopian society. We are complex creatures and even when we think we have it all figured out, we probably (usually) haven't figured out as much as we think. Scythe doesn't give you any answers to the burning questions and conundrums of humanity but it definitely makes you think. I was also super invested in the plot and the well-being of all (okay almost all) the characters. For me, if I'm not sucked into the story within the first couple of chapters then you've lost me. I was in from the very start, there was no question. The premise is so interesting and the characters are very compelling. I adore Citra, Rowan, and Scythe Faraday and on the other end of the spectrum straight up despise Scythe Goddard and his flashy posse; I love when characters make me feel so intensely. I not only highly recommend this book but would likely do some questionable things to get my hands on book 2 right this second. It's honestly so good and intense. Just read it, okay?
  • 11 person found this review helpful

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    I love this authir

    neal did a fantastic job on this book. he always finds an amazing idea to write about.
  • 7 person found this review helpful

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    Excellent

    A satisfying quick read. Shusterman portrays an intriguing "dystopia" flush with interesting characters. Although the book is clearly addressed to youth, it is also crafted with themes which most adults would enjoy as well. I enjoyed the skillful storytelling and insightful commentary more so than the style of writing - which seemed more or less simple. In this sense, this book is a simple catalysis for something more profound.
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    Really good book!

    This book combines compassion with wit and the tale of a struggling system. I couldnt pu this book down; one of the best ive ever read!
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    a perfect world always comes with a price

    This stands out as one of the most unique books I have ever read. Humanity has conquered death but people still need to die to keep the population under control so they have people specially trained for it called Scythes. They kill people and cope with having to do it in their own ways. They have 10 rules, a quota, and take on apprentices when more Scythes are needed. I really fell in love with these characters especially Faraday, Rowan, and Citra. Faraday is so honorable, humble, and really suffers from being a Scythe and taking lives. Rowan is so compassionate and his reason for taking on the apprenticeship made so much sense to me. Citra I didn’t like in the beginning but slowly came to love her character. She has such amazing character growth as does Rowan. This book had tons of twists and turns and OMG moments. I mean just when I got my bearings BAM! a new twist. I love how this story is written each chapter starts with a journal entry from a Scythe journal. It builds the world quickly and there are no big information dumps in the story because of this. The story and writing really draw you in and I couldn’t put this book down and read it in 2 days. This book really makes you think about humanity. This book is one of the reasons I love dystopian books the worlds are just close enough to ours that you start thinking about what if our world had somehow gone this way. I highly recommend this book if you love dystopian, books that make you think, and OMG that did not just happen moments. Rating: 5 stars
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