Scythe by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I picked up this book primarily because the art on it is simply amazing. I know this book has been popular with the YA crowd, but I didn’t pick it up until it was on my school’s list for Battle of the Books.
The synopsis had me rolling my eyes a little bit – teenagers acting as death? I wasn’t so sure about it. I read it anyway. After the first couple of chapters, I still wasn’t quite convinced. It seems as though there would be a better way of controlling a population boom than government (or Thunderhead, as it may be) condoned murder.
However, this book did end up better than I anticipated. I still have problems with the premise – I have questions about how exactly the population is staying under control if the Scythes are not murdering people every second.
I did feel as though Rowan and Citra were fully realized characters, and I appreciated the twists and turns of the story. However, I am not entirely sure I was sold enough to read the rest of the series.