Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Hey Guys!

It is finally Saturday! This week seriously dragged! How was your week? Read for a book review? because you are getting one, ready or not J. Today’s review is for Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Let’s do this.


This book has been on my radar for a really long time now. I heard a booktuber mention it when it first came out in 2016 and it really piqued my interested. I thought that it sounded so intriguing and I knew that I wanted to read it. this desire has only increased over time as I have heard more and more people raving about it. But I had the slight issue of it being kind of hard to get in England. The only place that I could ever find it was on amazon where it was kind of expensive. That is until a few weeks ago. Since the sequel is due for release in May (in the UK) they have rereleased Scythe and it is now everywhere! So I have finally been able to buy it and read it! yay! And thankfully, it was worth the wait!

I don’t usually read a lot of scfi themed books just because it isn’t a genre that I particularly enjoy, but this book was definitely an exception to that rule. I really liked it. it is such a different, interesting concept for a world. A world where humanity has concord everything, including life itself? And it all started with the cloud? Technology that actually exists right now? It brilliant. It felt really relatable, which I know might sound strange, but because the world is so close to the one that we actually live in, it doesn’t feel particularly alien (see what I did there J). This concept just really fascinated me. I also loved the storyline. it really made me think. What would I do if I was in Citra and Rowan’s position? Would I be able to ‘glean’? I wasn’t expecting this book to make me think like that, but I am very impressed that it did.

I was surprised by how much there was to this story. it was a hell of a lot more political then I was expecting. And I personally I really liked that side of it. it was interesting to see that in this world. It was different to the way that politics function in current society but not completely un-relatable. Scythedom really reflected current politics to me. There was a lot of scheming and corruption at its heart. A lot of backhanded deals and questionable actions. It was really interesting to read.

I will admit that it took me a long time to like either of the characters. And I never completely connected with either of them. I mean despite having the thing hanging over them (sorry, trying to avoid spoilers) I just knew that it wouldn’t come to pass and that kind of limited how much I felt for either of the characters. don’t get me wrong, they are both really interesting. I liked how much we saw them grow and change but still hold onto who they really are deep down. But there was just something about them that I didn’t love. I know that I found Citra a bit naive and dim at times. But at the same time Rowan struck me as a bit arrogant at times. I also found him to be a bit condescending. I will also admit that I didn’t like that he kept trying to step in from of Citra and protect her, when she is perfectly capable of looking after herself.

This book actually reminded me a little bit of Nevernight. I think that it was the apprenticeship/gleaning element of it. Two very different books but with similar basic plot points. I think if you liked one then you will like the other. All in all it was very enjoyable and I will be picking up Thunderhead at some point in the future. I am interested to see where the story goes.

star 44 out of 5

And there we have it. that is my review for Scythe. Have you read this one? What did you think about it? is the sequel any good? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.



4 thoughts on “Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

  1. I enjoyed Scythe for many of the same reasons. I think I rated 4 ⭐s too. Relatibility, proximity to this world, a scifi/dystopian exception to the rule. The political maneuvering was actually kind of tame to current politics, lol. I didnt fall in love with C or R, but I liked R’s storyline much more and that he revealed thoughts + emotions while Citra always felt removed. I’ll probably get to the Thunderhead this year.


    1. That is exactly how I felt. I really struggled to connect to either of them but Rowan at least a bit more interesting and offered us slightly more in the way of personality and character. I am hoping that they both become a bit more likeable in Thunderhead 🙂


  2. I’m glad that you liked it! I really loved Scythe when I read the physical copy at my library last year. However, when I tried to read the ebook of Thunderhead in March, I couldn’t get into it. I might have to purchase a physical copy and see where things go from there.

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