Welcome back dear readers, to my brain dump. I seem to have been MIA for 5 months, buried under piles of work, schoolwork, and of course books. I took a little break from animanga for 4 months and read around 20 something books. I have now been indulged back into the reading society, and its never been better.
Currently, I am on the one-piece binge once again, and I crossed 100 episodes a couple of days ago, headed deep into Alabasta. I am also rewatching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood too. But today we aren’t here to talk about anime, we are here to talk about a book I read recently called “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman.
Before I picked up the book from the bookstore, I had read alot of mixed reviews of it beforehand, Many of which were negative. I thought that I would have to just read the book for myself to create my own opinions, because after all, no ones opinions can be 100% the same.
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.
YA is a vast genre and there are alot of repetitions among the books, so nowadays nothing really seems original. Either it’s a “copy of the Hunger games or Divergent” or its fae or the plot twists are too easy to guess, no one is ever satisfied. I felt that this book was truly unique. It is set in a utopia, A place where everything is perfect. Death is conquered, disease has been swept from the land, and no one goes hungry; sounds quite ideal, doesn’t it? But once the two main characters got sucked into the world of scythes, nothing is as it seems.
During the first half of the book, we are told about gleanings done by Scythe Faraday, the mentor of our two main characters, Citra and Rowan. It made me think alot about our world’s future. So many technological advancements are being made, and it is possible that this world too, could become a Utopia. Would we have such things as scythes, or be able to conquer death itself? Scythe Faraday always gleaned with remorse, compassion, and pity, and since this was the start of the book, I thought that all the Scythes would glean their victims similarly. But each scythe has its own ways of gleaning.
After the big plot twist, which I did not see coming at all, Citra and Rowan go their separate ways and start studying under new scythes. Now Citra is much more of a caring person than Rowan. Rowan turned out to be the Morally grey character, who cares not about who he kills, he doesn’t understand what a scythe truly means, but he does have guts. He wasnt afraid of anyone or anything. I like how the author didn’t push the romantic relationship between Citra and Rowan, there was some imaginary tension between them, but their relationship felt very platonic, and the author never expanded on it either.
You’d think that in a utopia like this, there would be no corruption, but the Sycthedom was full of it. The world-building in this story is oddly unique for the number of dystopian books out there. It’s hard to find originality, but I think this book created its own very well. While reading this I did alot of thinking, and when I thought the story is going in one direction, it completely turns around in the other direction. The only negative I have about this book is that the pacing wasn’t really… paced. The beginning was quite slow, but once you got into it, it went by really quickly.
I really enjoyed reading Scythe, and its sequel Thunderhead, I am currently on the Last book; The toll.
Thanks for reading and see you next time!