Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1), by Neal Shusterman


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.


Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopia


It’s official, it happened! I’ve found a new favourite book, the first of the year. I’ve been meaning to read Scythe for ages, especially because the reviews were fantastic went it came out. Now I’ve finally discovered what it was all about, and I loved it!

“The greatest achievement of the human race was not conquering death. It was ending government.”

The first thing I loved about this book was the universe imagined by the author. I have read many dystopian stories, but this one has such a unique and well-built universe. Above all, the thing I loved most was that it felt very believable. With all the progress in medicine and technologies, I can completely see how our world could go in this direction. That has to make you think!

Next, I found the scythes, their community, its origin and powerplay completely fascinating. I especially loved the extract for their journals, which we get throughout the novel. It really gives a great insight into the mind of these secondary characters and into the community.

“we must always be vigilant, because power comes infected with the only disease left to us: the virus called human nature.”

Furthermore, our main characters, Citra and Rowan were really interesting. They are very different people, and they don’t have the same background, and yet they have a lot in common. I enjoyed reading about their evolution chapter after chapter. I can not wait to see what’s in store for them in Thunderhead, the second and final book.

Finally, and most importantly, I got completely caught in the story and I couldn’t put the book down. The story went from plot twist to plot twist and I didn’t see any of them coming. Which is why I flew through this book in just a couple of days, and why I really need book #2 ASAP!

My rating



Happy reading,


3 thoughts on “Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1), by Neal Shusterman

  1. what age did you get that quote from? “we must always be vigilant, because power comes infected with the only disease left to us: the virus called human nature.”

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