Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review by Poo Penny

May Contain Spoilers

This was such a fun read for me. While this book is not what I would call fast paced by any means, I found it engaging and quite interesting. Citra and Rowan are a couple of teenagers who live in a post-mortality world. They have cured all disease, and when you die, you are taken to a revival center and brought back to life. There is the Thunderhead, which is an all knowing consciousness, and the scythehood, which are all the scythes. The scythes govern themselves, and the two do not interfere with each other. Oh, and when a scythe kills someone it is called gleaning.


The scythes are tasked with killing 1 person a day, except on weekends, however they choose, without malice. I found this interesting because the scythes are just people, and almost everyone is capable of having malice sometime or another. Rowan and Citra are chosen as Scythe Faraday’s apprentices. He chooses them because of their conscience, their morals. Then some things happen, and only one of them can get the ring, which they knew, but now because of another scythe’s interference, one must glean the other at the end. They are also apprenticed under different scythes at this point, and it is interesting to see.

There is a divide in the scythedom, some scythes believe they are gods, that they are above the others. That they should kill however, whenever they want. Others believe that they should continue as they have. I am interested in the next book, mostly because of who it will be about.

Grade: 5 stars

Review copy borrowed from our local library

About the book:

Two teens are forced to murder—maybe each other—in the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.