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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman

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Paperback: 448 Pages.

Published: 01 February 2018 by Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406379242

EAN: 9781406379242

A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.

In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.

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Well Constructed

Set in a future where nobody dies, there are Scythes. Their purpose is to glean people in order to keep the population down. Once gleaned you cannot be revived. There is a complex quota system and immunity to certain people but ultimately if a Sythe comes for you then your time is up.

Citra & Rowan are called to be scythes and start their apprenticeship with Scythe Faraday. There are factions within the Scythe community who want change & Rowan & Citra get caught in the middle of their games.

I very much enjoyed this book. The author has created a believable future where people just reset themselves to the age they want to be. The internet has developed into the Thunderhead who controls their lives so there is practically no crime, no illness, no politics,  little death and insight into everyone's actions. A believable progression of the world today. Though I have to say it is probably very boring!

Citra & Rowan are interesting young people. They are slightly different from the average run of the mill, have more of a conscience and think more about life than most of their peers.

In one way this book is ultimately about death and killing. Perhaps not one for the pre-teen.

The book flowed well on the whole with a well constructed plot. Although there were no real shocks there were a few smaller surprises. There were plenty of small details which enhanced the story. The book did seem to slow down a bit in the middle - not unusual. However it did pick up and the last quarter of the book was particularly good, fast moving & well constructed.

I enjoyed this book & intend reading the next in the series to see how Rowan & Citra fare in the future. What does the future hold for earth?

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

 
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