Book Talk [#03]: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Title: Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Pages: 435, Hardcover

Book Birthday: November 22 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster



Synopsis

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.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. ©goodreads


I love its post-mortality concept. The idea of being immortal is cool that they need to have a job for people to kill people so they can control the global over population. In our world scythes are scary and just legends while in there world sycthes are respected and wore bright color robes instead of black.  The concept made me picked up this book.

But it felt like I was reading a series worth of story that is compressed to a 400+ page book, there’s a lot of things happening through out the book that it felt like rush, imagine riding a rollercoaster then when you got used to the adrenaline and starts to have fun, all of a sudden it came down and the ride’s over. That’s what I felt with this book.

It was in third point of view and we have two main point, Citra and Rowan. What I loved about being a scythe was they choose the least people who wants to kill others. They don’t even have a choice. Citra was the clever one and Rowan was the mysterious and confused type of kid. That made Rowan so interesting, I don’t know what was going on in his mind and he is more unpredictable than Citra because she has a lot of exposure than Rowan after things got out of control. It would be more interesting to find out what was Rowan been up to while Citra was doing her things done and he’s character development became quickly from 0 to 100. (from blades to flamethrower real quick 😉😉😉)

I love the author’s writing style, it is in third point of view so it’s not necessary to have the two to have a scene, he’s telling some scenes from other points that made the story even more deeper than the other books I read, and he introduced us to the antagonist way before the two main points and the antagonist met. Also the journal entries made understand world of Sycthes. 

Overall, I still enjoyed it even if there are shortcomings. The concept is interesting and there are a lot of characters I got attached to. I didn’t regret picking this up.



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