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"In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442472426
Branch Call Number: FIC Shust
Characteristics: 433 pages ; 22 cm.


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sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 9/10
This was definitely a fresh twist on the dystopian genre; it was dark without being too gruesome, and intriguing in a way that kept me turning pages. I'd be interested in the sequels in the future, though it's a bit grim (ah-ha) for me to plunge into right away.

Jan 23, 2020

I really liked this book. It ends with a good cliff hanger to hook you into the second book.
I feel that the pacing is a bit off at times but, most of the time it's good.
I'm excited to read the second book sometime.

lgmosher Jan 13, 2020

So it's a little slow.... I understand the need for back ground and understand it just feels like Shusterman drags a little in the beginning and it didn't really seem to pick up.

There seemed to be a lot oh "eh... Why did we need this" in there. It kinda took away from the story.

Have you ever been reading, going line through line, but not really registering what you just read yet the next paragraph, next page didn't need you to? I was about halfway through the book and began to wander as I read.

It's was quite stagnant for a while. Once you hit about 100 pages things just seemed to drag on and on. It resulted in me scanning and hoping things would get start getting interesting.

I don't even know where to begin on how it ended. I agree with the decision and I liked how Rowan took things in his own hands... But a little explanation as to why he could get away with it would have been nice.

All in all it was enjoyable. Enough that I'll read the second... But it wasn't as good as the ratings have you to believe it would be.

Oct 13, 2019

Never slow, and full of action and allegory, this book is beautiful. It can be very disturbing, so it's not for the faint of heart. If you're the type that can handle blood, though, then it's in every way amazing. It raises questions about utopia, dystopia, humanity and morality, and you'll find yourself pondering over philosophical issues and replaying epic scenes in your mind long after you turn the last page. The romance doesn't take up much of the book, so if you're looking for a more schmaltzy story, then you won't find it here. But for wisdom, strong heroines, political conflict, and edge-of-your-seat plot twists, you've found the book you're looking for. The horrifying world the story is set in is reminiscent of 1984, with a supercomputer in charge of everybody's lives and a dystopia in disguise as utopia. The Scythedom is the main chiller, which gave me legitimate nightmares (and no, that doesn't mean I didn't like it, it means I liked it even more). The antagonists, the new-order Scythes, get you so angry, but then that's also a good thing because you can't put the book down. With a plot twist almost every chapter, you'll be relishing how inventive the book is while wondering what's going to happen next. It's like you're part of the story along with the characters! It's well written, too, with the omniscient POV sucking you in. The quotes are inspiring, the protagonists role models, the setting horrifying, and the cliffhanger torturous. This book has really changed the way I see the world. If you're considering reading this book, I have one word for you... YES!
P.S.: When I found out this was going to be a movie, I was squealing and bouncing up and down in my seat. This is my favorite story of all time.

Sep 27, 2019

mud as clear

Sep 17, 2019

Best Action Distopian Trilogy. I hope this series will have movie adaptation soon.

Aug 28, 2019

I actually really enjoyed this book. At first, it was really interesting and something would happen to grab your attention then it would slow down, pick back up, slow down, (but that could have just been me personally.) With that being said, this book was really good and I don't normally read dystopia kind of books, I've been recommending it to all my friends.

LoganLib_Meg Jul 16, 2019

I loved this book. I love dystopic fiction and this is set approx 400 years after the world conquered mortality.
The central characters Citra and Rowan are credible, as are the supporting characters of high scythes, even those who are in it for the blood sport.
It reminded me of "The hunger games" in that it had two characters who develop an attraction, but are pitted against the system, which has declared there will be only one winner.
I thought the excerpts from the high Scythe's diaries interesting, and it touched on some of the philosophical aspects of mortality.

Jul 01, 2019

Wow. One of the best books I have ever read. I did found it a bit boring at times, I was able to predict what was going to happen, but I found it really great. It had good twists and I love the way it's written.

Five stars. Loved this book. I would definitely recommend this to any fantasy lover out there. :)

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Oct 06, 2019

book to read logan

Apr 04, 2019

"Guilt is the idiot cousin of remorse."

Apr 04, 2019

"Outside the rain finally began to fall, surging in fits and starts. “I love the way it rains here,” he told her. “It reminds me that some forces of nature can never be entirely subdued. They are eternal, which is a far better thing to be than immortal."

Apr 04, 2019

"Everyone is guilty of something, and everyone still harbors a memory of childhood innocence, no matter how many layers of life wrap around it. Humanity is innocent; humanity is guilty, and both states are undeniably true."

Mar 08, 2019

"We become settled in the inconsequential drudgery of our lives, until suddenly we look at ourselves in the mirror and see a face we barely recognize begging us to turn a corner and be young again"

Sep 06, 2018

“Well, she could learn self control tomorrow. Today she wanted pizza.”

JCLChrisK Nov 30, 2017

No one rages against the system anymore. At most, they just glare at it a bit.

Apr 26, 2017

She wanted to believe she wasn’t capable of it. She desperately wanted to believe she wasn’t Scythe material. It was the first time in her life that she aspired to fail.


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Jan 16, 2020

In a world where we take life for granted behind computer screens and instagram accounts Scythe has come along and reminded us that life is out here waiting to happen.

Imagine a society where if you put yourself at risk of death an appointed Scythe gleans you. This is all done to control overpopulation. Sounds to me like insurance companies except they don't kill you they just up your payment. Natural death is old school and in this post-mortal age two friends are chosen to be Scythes. The Scythenom appoints them as apprentice scythes until their final test: to glean each other. Who will win?

I enjoyed reading this book because damn can you imagine? The advanced technology used in the story seems like it could really happen. Not the gleanings of course but the artificial intelligence, the way humans deal with disease. It really made me wonder.

Dec 21, 2018

fairly good sci-fi about these people who are the designated gleaners of society, they choose who and how to lessen the population, and of course the corruption that occurs in a society where someone is all powerful over everyone else, and of course the good guys who always follow the rules

Apr 26, 2017

It has been three hundred years since humanity turned the corner, leaving behind the Age of Mortality. With the arrival of infinite computing power, a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead emerged to rule this new deathless society. But although accidental death is a thing of the past, humanity still lives on a single finite planet, and so population growth must be limited. This task was deemed to require a human conscience, not to be entrusted to a computer, and so the Scythedom was born. Citra and Rowan have been selected to apprentice to Scythe Faraday, a job that neither of them wants. But there is corruption at the heart of Scythedom, and the Thunderhead is powerless to intervene. Reform must come from within.


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