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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain


Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


Scythe is the first installment on the YA fantasy series Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

While I do think that this was an A+ concept, I don't think this book is really for me.

I can't stand reading about people who think they are above the rules that govern them or about corruption, so needless to say, I struggled reading about Goddard and his gang who became a huge part of the book. I also didn't feel very connected to our main characters Citra and Rowan.

Would I still recommend this, yes. As I said, I liked the concept and thought it was rather unique and the overall story wasn't bad. My dislike for this was due to tropes I personally don't like being in this.

So if you like a good fantasy book and aren't bothered by corruption, then give this a shot.

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