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Author; Neal Shusterman
I read this book for my teen book group, and it is a really amazing book. I love the imagination of all the different aspects of the story. Hope you read it!!
Society has evolved. People can no longer die of disease, hunger, or even “splatting” or jumping of a roof or into the way of a moving car for fun. People who die are called “deadish” and can be brought back to life inside a revival center. In order to keep the population under control, Scythes are established. They have a quota to fill and must glean, as they call it, people as they wish to do it.
Scythe Faraday met two young people in two different ways. He met Citra Terranova when he came to her house to borrow a knife to glean their neighbor. He met Rowan Damisch at his school when he came to glean a student there that Rowan did not know. He accompanied him until the student was dead.
Scythe Faraday decided that he would take on two apprentices, if they wanted it. Citra and Rowan both decided they wanted it. But there was a problem. They could not both be installed as scythes in a year, one of them must leave. It will be a competition, and Scythe Faraday will be the judge on who the new scythe must be.
At the Scythe Gathering, Citra and Rowan are challenged by one of Scythe Goddard’s followers. She says that they have been too comfortable with each other, and now they are pitted against each other. The one who wins the apprenticeship will have the “privilege” of gleaning the other.
Citra and Rowan both show strengths over the year, but something happens that leaves them petrified. Scythe Faraday dies. It is said that he self-gleaned, which is a violation of the scythe’s law. Citra is taken on by Honorable Scythe Curie, one of the most renowned scythes, nicknamed the Grande Dame of Death. Rowan, however, is taken on by Scythe Goddard, a vicious scythe who enjoys gleaning to the fullest.
What will happen between Citra and Rowan? Who will win the apprenticeship? Good questions, but I cannot answer them. Thank you for reading!
I love this book. I like the imagination that Neal Shusterman uses in this book. I like the idea of scythes and gleaning, and the Thunderhead, an extremely smart computer program (or so they think). Thank you so much Neal Shusterman for creating a great world! I also hope you read the sequel, Thunderhead. Very well written.
I rate this book 4 1/2 out of 5.
Sexual Content; none
Violence Content; reference to violence with all gleanings and pretty much everything (not too explicit)
Drug/Alcohol Content; none
I hope you enjoyed reading this review. I certainly enjoy writing them!
Yours in writing,