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

Image result for scythe neal shustermanScythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
By: Neal Shusterman
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Succeeding Book:  Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”

I read the book because I’m Fascinated by Death and have always wondered what it would feel like to be the Angel of Death. Scythes are different they’re humans task in “gleaning” people in a future where we’ve conquered death, no one is poor or hungry basically, comfort was a given. I expected the story to be action packed because it was dystopian? And because it’s YA (hunger games and divergent anyone?) Well I was wrong. I felt that 70% of the story was focused on Citra’s and Rowan’s training and world building here and there.
Initially, I was wary of their attraction towards each other. It seems that in YA there always has to be a romantic relationship (maybe that’s just YA) and sometimes it just seems like the love story’s like KoKo Krunch! (“And pooofff it became KoKo Krunch!”) It’s instant and the story revolves around the couple. Here, though it’ slow burning and by the end, it’s clear to the readers and characters that they do care for each other and that the story isn’t about them together it’s about their journey to scythe hood

The action part’s near the end of the book and I like that in some key parts the author wrote it in a way that could trick you into believing that the character took the option that would lead him or her to the dark path of killing (or maybe it was just me secretly hoping for the worst) I also like the way the book was written in the two main character’s POV with snippets from the supporting characters before each chapter in the form of a journal entry.

It was not boring but it didn’t really pump an adrenaline or made me randomly rise up from bed while reading.

Will I read the next book? Yes


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