In an effort to broaden my reading horizons, I picked up the young adult title Scythe this week.
I am SO GLAD I did.
Scythe is a dystopian novel set in the distant future. There is no war or hunger or poverty. Technology and medicine have evolved and humans are now able to live forever. There’s no more pain or sickness, and people can choose to reset themselves back to younger ages when they start to get old.
The only way to actually die is to be “gleaned” by a Scythe, who are basically professional grim reapers. It is their job to meet a certain quota of gleanings each week to prevent overpopulation.
Each Scythe is trained in different ways to bring about death, from poison, to martial arts, to using all types of weapons. It is then up to each Scythe to administer their gleanings in the ways they see fit.
The story follows Citra and Rowan, who are in training as apprentices under Scythe Faraday, who is fair and well respected. This is lucky for them because we soon find out that not all Scythes are fair and kind in their gleanings.
I thought I had this story figured out about five times, and each time I was surprised when it went in a completely different direction.
This is book one in a trilogy and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books to see the other twists and turns the author has in store for these characters.— Katie
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