by Neil Shusterman
Review by Gabi Brooks
A world where there is truly nothing left to do. Humanity has conquered everything, even death. Humans live for hundreds of years and only elected Scythes are able to deal death, or “glean” the general population. Citra and Rowan are the perfect candidates for a scythe apprenticeship - honest, moral, and they couldn’t dream of killing another person. They will go head to head for a job neither of them really wants. I absolutely loved this concept and the execution was so well done. I was hooked from the third chapter and finished this book within two days. A quick read that left me totally speechless at the end. From start to finish this book had me hanging on to every page. It will make you think about what it means to be a human, what death really means to a world that cannot die, and will have you debating the eternal question... is it A flat or G sharp?
-Unforeseen plot twists
-It will have you really reflecting on humanity, would you want a perfect world where someone decided death for you, or would you rather live in an imperfect world where there are still things to strive for but death could come at any moment?
- I am on the fence about the romantic plot between lead characters, it almost feels unnecessary.
-I could have used a little more imagery personally, but won’t hold it against the author for my own preferences!
I will be keeping this book on my shelf and fully expected to re-read it within the next few years. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the trilogy!!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Purchase the book here: https://chaptersonmain.indielite.org/book/9781442472433