Scythe by Neal Shusterman (ACOBAP December book // spoiler-free review)

Book: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 4.5 stars


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.

This book is A Court of Books and Paper’s (ACOBAP) December book of the month! You can find out instagram here, and our Goodreads group here.


I thought this concept sounded awesome. Only having a select group of people (Scythes) to end lives, I could see how there would be struggles with that, and I was excited to see how everything would play out. This book has also won a printz honour award which is cool.


I loved the small snippets in between chapters and the dual POVs worked for me which was great. There were lots of small twists and turns which really kept the book going and made it interesting for me. Also, I found myself laughing a few times during this book because of the witty characters.


I really enjoyed the pace and the plot of this book. A lot happened and it didn’t feel rushed or slow. There were quite a few characters and all of them were developed well and more importantly I rembered their names. Important because when there are a lot of characters, I will eventually forget one.


Citra: She was an enjoyable character. A good one as well (why they choose her as an apprentice). Citra’s also a witty and clever charcater, which is always fun to read.

Rowan: From the first introduction scene I liked him. During the last parts of the novel I was questioning where his character was going, simply because he was surrounded by the ”evil” character/s, and I guess book 2 will delve more into that so I’m excited.

Scythe Faraday + Scythe Curie: I loved them and the ways they held themselves. Both were just so interesting to read about and they had this wiseness surrounded them that made them seem like a voice of reason (which they were).

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goordreads here.


Talk To Me

Have you read Scythe? Is it on you TBR? What about Neal Shusterman’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

Until next time,



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