My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.”
Im not sure why I was hesitant to pick up this book, part of it might have been the hype, a part may have been the sci-fi dystopian theme that feels so overdone and the other part possibly was fear of it being cliche and boring. BOY WAS I WRONG AND IM SO GLAD I PICKED THIS UP! Neal Shusterman did such an amazing job on this book, I literally cannot wait to read the next one. I need more of this world and the characters, like right now, someone give me the goddamn book!
In a world near perfection, age is limitless and death is far from natural. People who die on purpose or accidentally are revived, the only true death is when a scythe makes the decision that today will be your last. The only way to die is to be ‘gleaned’ by a scythe, chosen at random and narrowed by the statistics gathered through the Thunderhead, the cloud of this world.
When Citra and Rowan are chosen to become apprentice scythes, their world is changed. Leaving their families, friends, and lives behind, to learn the art of killing, they will find that all isn’t right in the perfect world they live in and corruption is right behind them. With only one of them being able to become a scythe, they are told that once either of them is chosen, that person will have to glean the other.
I really enjoyed the world building here. It was totally unique and original, not over descriptive but gave enough that it really set up the world. I also like the diary entries of H.S Curie, which really explained how the scythes came to be, what their purpose was, while also questioning how things had changed over time.
The characters were likable, even the not so likable ones. We had a lot of strong characters in this novel, and the character development of both Citra and Rowan really shows throughout. Im not sure who’s perspective I liked more, especially during the separation of our MCs, which is where a lot of the character growth seemed to happen. I cannot wait to see what happens next with these two.
Short review as im quite busy at the moment, but this is definitely a book I would recommend. I’m so glad I decided to pick it up and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one!
Recommended for: YA/ Dystopian/ Sci-fi