Scythe by Neil Shusterman is the story of Citra and Rowan, who live in a world without disease,
hunger, injury, or death. In order to prevent overpopulation, Scythes end the lives of random
citizens. Citra and Rowan are chosen as apprentices to a scythe and must learn the ways of
scythes. Neither wants to be a scythe, as scythes are feared by many. In order to survive, the
two must take on the dreaded responsibility of killing others. This book was absolutely brilliant.
The world was fascinating, and the characters were captivating. Scythe also raises many ethical
questions, and is filled with surprises. This book is one of the most complex dystopian novels
I’ve ever read, and I consider it a must-read. Scythe is one of my favorite books, and hooked me
from beginning to end.