This book was lent to me by the same friend that lent me Unwind (which I reviewed a month or two ago here). I figured that the style might be similar and there were certainly trends that I recognized, but I also can see why this book has been a much bigger hit in the book community!
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Snyopsis: “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. ”
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book since I’d read Unwind a few weeks prior and, although I had enjoyed it, it wasn’t a new favourite. Just like in Unwind, this novel showed the author to be a master at worldbuilding. I fell into the story so easily and felt immersed in this futuristic society. I found that the characters in this novel were also very easy to connect with and become sympathetic towards. This eventually sent me into a spiral of emotions throughout the second half, which I think may have been the author’s intention.
The subject matter that this book brings up, while not for the faint of heart, was so incredibly thought-provoking, which is what finished winning me over. It was a profound book that ultimately left me feeling sad and confused and somehow slightly worried. I also found the plot to be just as break-neck as Unwind had been, with so much happening over the course of the story that I’m not sure I remember everything, but I remember feeling excited.
I’m not sure right now whether or not I want to read the other two books in the series, because I felt very satisfied with the ending of this first one. What are your thoughts if you’ve read this series? Should I read the next book?