Waitin’ on Wednesday: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Each week Breaking The Spine hosts an event where you post a summary of a book you’re really looking forward to reading in the future. I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of Scythe by Neal Shusterman which will be released by Simon & Schuster on November 22nd, 2016.


SUMMARY (from goodreads):

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.


Although Neal Shusterman has many hit novels, such as Bruiser and the Skinjacker series, I have only read Unwind. I was completely blown away with Shusterman’s horrifying portrayal of a dystopian earth. The premise was basically that life does not exist until the age of thirteen and parents can “unwind” their children, thereby donating the child’s organs, so technically life doesn’t “end” and the child is recycled. It sounds like a simple and maybe even a stupid premise, but the book was thought-provoking and extremely well-written that evoked empathy and shock (everyone who has read it will remember the shocking scene I am referring to). There are parts of the novel that I still think about even though I read it over a year ago.

When I learned that he is releasing a new dystopian series and read the summary on goodreads I was very intrigued. I can guarantee that this won’t be another cookie-cutter dystopian novel. I am also intrigued by the possibility of maybe a romance between Citra and Rowan? I really love both the names and I also love romances that start as enemies or a ‘tough-love’ approach and then evolve into something more.

What do you guys think? Intriguing plot or are you sick of all of these YA dystopian novels?

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