Scythe by Neil Shusterman


“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”




I REALLY want to like this book. It’s such an interesting concept – a post mortal world in which a chosen few are employed to engage in population control. Scythes are the only self-governing body left and are, with the exception of the ten Scythe laws, above any laws. Governing is done by an AI with access to all of the collective knowledge of humanity.

So with a super interesting premise and good world-building, what went wrong? I loved the characters, I loved the world-building and I loved the concepts of the story. For me, personally, I found the story WAY too slow. I could guess what would happen ages ahead of what would and instead of feeling a build-up to the drama, I kept thinking to myself that I wish they’d just get it over with already. By the time I hit about 70% read, I just started skimming. I even considered DNFing the book, and I almost never do that.

I can’t even say it’s the way that Shusterman writes, I liked his prose, but I just kept hoping for more to happen. I might take a read through the second book as the ending to this book was pretty good.

Recommended for fans of:

Shusterman fans




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