All posts tagged: 2016

Top Reads of 2016

10. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon The third installment in one of my favourite fantasy series, but not the best so far. I love the characters and the world-building in this series, but I found The Song Rising slightly lacking in substance. The series has focused far too much on the politics of the story in the latest two installments, and we’re left wondering about the greater meaning of the world and its characters. I love this series, but this was a 3-star novel for me. 9. Scythe by Neal Shusterman I have tried a lot of Shusterman’s novels and Scythe was the first I properly enjoyed. In his latest awesome piece of speculative YA fiction, Shusterman shows us a futuristic world in which humans have conquered death, but in order to curb population, select members of society called scythes chose who lives and who dies. I thought the novel was brilliantly thought-out with two enjoyable protagonists showing us the way. Great for the younger spectrum of YA readers. . . . . . . …

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

“But remember that good intentions pave many roads. Not all of them lead to hell.” Neal Shusterman has been around for yonks and he’s always had some pretty intriguing concepts up his sleeve. In his latest awesome piece of speculative YA fiction, Shusterman shows us a futuristic world in which humans have conquered death, but in order to curb population, select members of society called scythes chose who lives and who dies. “You see through the facades of the world, Citra Terranova. You’d make a good scythe.” Citra recoiled. “I’d never want to be one.” “That,” he said, “is the first requirement.” Then he left to kill their neighbour.” The story follows two well-written teenage protagonists who have been chosen to become scythe apprentices. Citra and Rowan are obviously reluctant to become killers, but each have their own reasons for doing so. We follow the two as they learn the trade, while simultaneously learning about the world throughout the book, and I have to say, it is remarkably well thought-out. It’s a hypothetical I think …