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SCYTHE l Book Review.

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Hey, what’s up, hello, my name is Emma and today I am going to be giving you guys my review of Scythe By Neal Shusterman. I recently picked this book up on a total whim. One of my best friends just texted me: My sister (who is a big reader) recently read this book and thinks you would love it, and I had it on my shelf so I picked it up on Audiobook that morning and I don’t know a time before I loved Scythe like I don’t know what to do with myself now that I’ve read this book. Scythe takes place in this utopian society where the human race is so advanced that they have eliminated virtually every negative part of life. There’s no pain, there’s no suffering. There’s no hunger, poverty they’ve even conquered death. All people are immortal. Although this world seems to be totally perfect, the one thing they haven’t controlled is the population growth so they have created this group of people called Scythes who are tasked with “gleaning” otherwise known as killing people to keep the population under control. Our main characters are Citra and Rowan who are completely normal teenagers in this world until they both come in contact with a Scythe named Scythe Faraday and he takes them up as apprentices. Citra and Rowan have no desire to become Scythes, but they quickly take on the role as a Scythe’s apprentice. They are learning the rules of this world, what it entails and are essentially trying to become Scythes because otherwise they might lose their own lives. I loved Scythe like so much. I can’t remember the last time I was so shocked by picking up a book just because it was on my shelf. I was totally intoxicated by this read from the very beginning. The first morning I picked it up I literally listened to five hours of it which is a lot to listen to in one day of an audiobook. It’s so fabulous. It’s intense and thought-provoking and complex and really well developed and it is definitely one of my favorite books that I have read in such a long time. I have so many positive things to say about this book, I just loved it so much. This review is going to be a spoiler filled review which I have not done in the longest time so like I’m sorry if this is complete shit. I don’t remember how to review books like this. There are just so many wild things that happen in Scythe that I can’t not talk about them, so if you haven’t read Scythe yet, I would highly highly like and the top of my list of recommendations recommend you go out and read it and then come back and we can discuss it together. But, bye non-spoiler people! Now the first critique I normally see when I’m reading some negative reviews of Scythe is that people think that it’s boring which I completely disagree with. I will give it to them, the beginning months of Citra and Rowan’s apprenticeship was not the most entertaining and fast paced story that I’ve ever read. But I still found all the lessons really intriguing. I loved getting to learn more about the Scythdom and this world that they’re living in and with every major plot point that just completely blew me away. I barely noticed any of the slower moments because I was so focused on all of the crazy crazy things that were happening. One of my favorite things about Scythe is the world. I cannot remember the last time I read a young adult book that had such a complex world. It’s super interesting because I feel like out of the majority of like dystopian science fiction books that I’ve read, this is like a very plausible future with us. I mean we’re already at the stage where we’re able to print organs. We can print organs! We’re like two steps away from erasing death and being ruled by an artificial intelligence. Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic, but regardless the world is just so fascinating. There are so many advances and it still feels so tied to our world which they call the age of mortality. I don’t even know how to coherently talk about this world just because I’m so impressed by it. It’s really well done, there are so many components to it that make for an all-around really well developed world and I loved it. One of the things I found really interesting about it is all the different questions they posed about mortality. The perception of mortality in the world of Scythe is so different from what we have today and their fear of gleaning is very different from our fear of dying. There is a line in Scythe where I believe it is Scythe Curie says that people aren’t constantly afraid of gleaning which I disagree with. I feel like there are so many actions in this book where just the subject of gleaning is so terrifying to so many people and that’s very different from how I feel we view death today. In this story, they are immortal, they can never die unless they are gleaned, but because that is the one matter of dying, it’s terrifying to them whereas we are mortal, and we could die at any moment but we still constantly take risks knowing that they could result in our death. I feel a lot of it is attributed to the fact that in this world death only has one image in the form of scythes that walk among them every single day in contrast to our world where we may come in contact with a thousand ways to potentially die daily. But we’re so desensitized to it because in their world 100% of deaths are due to scythes whereas each possible way to die in our world only holds a fraction of the number of deaths. And I think the distinction between these two perspectives is particularly made when Citra makes this comment like in the age of mortality it must have been so terrifying to be aware of your mortality every single day and I’m reading that like people are out here jumping out of planes knowing full well they can die and people in your world are terrified of walking in the same grocery aisle as a scythe so that they don’t offend them. It is so fascinating to me, I could talk about just the world of Scythe forever because there are so many different things to discuss, but by far the world is one of my favorite parts. Another really interesting part of just like the construction of Scythe is the different methods of gleaning that each scythe takes on. For example, we have Scythe Faraday who bases his gleanings off of statistics that would happen in our world, in the age of mortality and when he chooses a person he prepares them for their gleaning to let them know what’s going to happen and then as penance he goes to the funerals of all the victims that he’s gleaned. Then we have Scythe Curie whose gleanings are unexpected. She chooses people who look stagnant and kills them without warning and then she invites the families of those people to dinner and offers them the chance to glean her as revenge and then we have Goddard who enjoys the act of gleaning and prefers public mass murders and does nothing to repay the people that he gleans. I could just talk about the way this world works and the rules and all aspects of the Scythdom forever, I swear. I have to say Citra is one of my new favorite girls in YA. She’s level-headed, she’s extremely intelligent and clever quick-thinking. She’s defiant when necessary yet still compassionate and loyal. She’s everything a strong female protagonist should have. I love how Citra takes the high path always. You know even though it is going to eat away at her inside if she does win against Rowan and has to glean him she wants to beat him fair and square and she wants to change the Scythdom because it’s the right thing to do because she can see what becomes of people who like to glean and how that manipulates everything the Scythdom stands for and she’s just awesome. I love Citra. And Rowan is really interesting because he grows in such a different way. I feel like he becomes more of a morally gray character. You know when he’s training with Goddard it seems like he might almost start to enjoy the act of gleaning and there’s a lot of times in this book where we have to question his character. And despite part of him wanting to be ordained as a scythe, he is still so loyal to Citra that he’s willing to fail at any cost so that she can survive. Oh my god, and then we find out that he takes on this role of Scythe Lucifer who is gleaning immoral scythes in order to revert the Scythdom back to the honest impartial role it was supposed to play. He transforms into this sort of vigilante where he is committing one of the highest of all crimes in order to change the Scythdom and I just cannot wait to see where his character goes in the sequel Thunderhead. While we’re on the topic of Rowan and Citra, probably my least favorite part of this book was the romance. I just felt like they didn’t have any romantic chemistry whatsoever. They don’t really interact much at the beginning of the book and it feels like they’re on the path to become like just friends. I thought this was totally gonna be a story without a romance and then like boom all of a sudden they’re in love with each other and I’m like where did this come from? The romance is not a driving force of this story by any means. The world, the plot, the different questions that are posed by this story are all prevailing over that but it did feel like the weakest element in the story. It just hit a point where I knew Citra and Rowan were dedicated to each other. I knew they would do anything for one another but I don’t know why. I do really like their character dynamic, I love the different directions that their characters are going into and I do feel like I could grow to love them as a couple. But I need to see them grow together first because I don’t really know them as that for each other yet, you know I mean? Now it’s about halfway through the story where it is revealed that Scythe Faraday has self gleaned in order to relieve Rowan and Citra of their apprenticeship. This is not something I was expecting at all. When I was listening to this part in the audiobook I was driving. I literally screamed, no no no no, hitting my steering wheel. I was–this was like the big first moment of me when I knew like I was absolutely in love with Scythe because I can’t remember the last time I was so caught off guard with a story and then like ten seconds after we find that out I’m still like reeling from this new information. Apparently Citra is meant to be the apprentice to Scythe Curie and then Rowan is meant to go with Scythe Goddard and before they even said his name I knew what was coming and I just– I kept screaming. I don’t typically scream in audiobooks, but it was necessary in this moment. To add to how much I adore Citra I loved the way she figured out how she could backtrack Scythe Faraday’s movements on the day that he died. How she plans to stay with her family and suggest they go out on a walk and takes photos of them so that she can search through and sort of piece things together. It was so clever and I was so impressed by her in that moment. So it’s about this point in the story where we finally find out Esme’s purpose as to why Goddard saved her from that mass gleaning, and why she’s being kept around on his estate. But we find out that Esme is the illegitimate daughter of The High Blade and Goddard is keeping her around to manipulate Scythe Enocrates to do what he wants and to allow Goddard to keep going and to change the new order. My mind is blown just talking about this. It was just like a really intense scene for me like I saw it coming as soon as Goddard took out the knife to Esme’s neck. But still just like watching that sort of manipulation unfold was so intense and making him jump into the pool and him almost drowning. I can’t keep up with this book. I think it’s at the fall conclave where Citra opens up to Rowan about the fact that she thinks Goddard might have been involved in Scythe Faraday’s gleaning and Rowan just completely pushes her off and things get back to Goddard and all of a sudden, Citra is accused of killing Scythe Faraday. Oh my god, that scene was so frustrating like so clearly Citra had nothing to do with it, but it’s kind of scary how just like immediately her fate been decided. She’s the guilty one and like all bets are off. I will say the diary entry from Scythe Faraday about the girl who might want to harm him was really fascinating to me. In the moment it definitely seems like this is something that could apply to Citra because she does bring Scythe Faraday his milk every single night. She is in his room every single night, although we don’t really understand why he would think that she would harm him. But then when we find out that Scythe Faraday is freaking alive after all of this! It’s revealed that Scythe Curie and Scythe Faraday had a sort of relationship after she was ordained because she was his apprentice and she would go into his room every night because she had feelings for him, but Scythe Faraday didn’t feel that way and that’s why he wrote the journal entry. I’m– every time I talk about one of these massive plot points I just lose my train of thought because I’m like wow I’m dead, I’m deceased, I can’t do this anymore. Speaking of Scythe Faraday being alive, I swear every single plot twist in this book completely caught me off guard. You know like I had accepted that Scythe Faraday gleaned himself. My thought process was he’s totally honorable enough to do that, it seemed like he really cared for Citra and Rowan, that seems like something he would do. And then Citra finds out more evidence about how people were given immunity, and it just doesn’t make sense and then she accuses Goddard and then as soon as I convince myself it’s definitely Goddard, it has to be Goddard. When the Thunderhead gave Citra the name Gerald before she is revived, immediately I am like that is Scythe Goddard’s original name before he became a scythe like that is who killed him. This is concrete, and then we find out that Scythe Faraday is fucking alive and he’s just retired on an island and none of this was true and I just– I can’t keep up! Volta was a really interesting character for me because he was a part of Scythe Goddard’s sort of a posse of people who liked to glean and were mass gleaners. But he hated himself for it and his suicide by the tones cult around that scene was really really heartbreaking for me. I was at work when I was listening to it, and I just started crying. The moral intrigue of the story is so interesting because like everyone is at a different level, everyone has different standards for morality and Volta was just a really intriguing character in relation to that and I wish we got more of him. But like I understand the purpose he served, but like I was really starting to grow a soft spot for him. I wanted him and Rowan to like run away and be with Citra and like change the Scythdom and like that’s clearly not what happened. And then we have the final scene at the tones monastery where Goddard has brought his minions and Rowan to commit a mass gleaning on the tonest because he hates them. I did know that fire was gonna be important at the end. When we read that journal entry from Scythe Curie, I knew that there was gonna be something that happened with fire in the end. So I knew it would be important, but it even holds more significance than I originally imagined because yes, Rowan does kill Goddard and the rest of scythes with fire, but then it becomes his sort of method of gleaning as Scythe Lucifer, and it’s just really interesting. I also really was not expecting Goddard to die at the very end of the story. I didn’t really expect any scythes to die and I feel like that really changes the pace of the story and it definitely sets things up for Thunderhead. With all the tones, with Volt’s self-gleaning and with the deaths of Goddard and the rest of the scythes like it was a really intense like final climactic scene and I really loved it. And then Rowan completely gets away with it which like blew my mind. Again I feel like that’s the only thing I can really say in relation to the plot of this story. And when Scythe Enocrates is talking about how like he thinks there might have been some foul play and he’s investigating it and then Rowan reminds him that he knows that he has a daughter, and he’s like oh I’ll just– maybe I’ll call off the investigation like this is real manipulation and I don’t know where Rowan’s character is going, but I’m really intrigued. Now at the–I believe it’s the Winter Conclave which is the final one where all the scythe apprentices are given the final task which is to glean their family members. I have to say when we first entered the scene, I knew it was going to be really tough for Citra especially because of how she loves her brother. But I really did think that the task was going to be to actually glean their family members and for them not to be revived later. I had this feeling that the scythes were going to tell the apprentices that their family members would wake up in a revival center, and it would totally be fine, it was just the act of doing it and then have them actually be like their first gleaning ever where they wouldn’t come back. I have to say knowing that the family members were only deadish and none of them are actually gleaned, it definitely took away a little bit of the intensity for me. In my perspective, the pain of rendering someone deadish is not at all the same as actually gleaning someone and I think it would have been way way more severe had like this been their actual first gleaning. That being said, that would be extremely cruel and I feel like that is something that would be a part of the new order if they took over and that would be the final task for scythes whereas under the old order I feel like this is definitely more about efficiency as opposed to the new order being more about anguish. So we find out at the end of the story that Citra has won the competition, she is to be ordained as a scythe and her first task is to glean Rowan. I really really really really like the ending where Citra goes to punch Rowan and she actually punches him in the mouth with her ring so that the blood gets on her ring giving him immunity for a year so that no one can glean him. Citra is such an intellectual badass. I love her so much. I wish I could emulate her more in my real life. She’s just so awesome, clever I love her. And how she takes on the name of Scythe Anastasia which is just completely representative of what she intends to do to the Scythdom. To bring about change, I just– so great. It’s so great. So that pretty much concludes my review of Scythe By Neal Shusterman. I loved this book so much. It is definitely one of my absolute favorites of the year, and I’m so happy I read it. I’m in the middle of Thunderhead at the time of filming this video, and I’m really enjoying it and I can’t wait for book three to come out next year. Oh my gosh, it’s so far away. If you made it this far into the video, I am assuming you have read Scythe and I would love to know your opinions on it because this is definitely a book I just have to gush about. It was so so good, so high above so many other YA books that I’ve read and I really really loved it. But that is it for this video, thank you guys so much for watching, and I will see you soon for a new one. Bye! {Outro}

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100 thoughts on “SCYTHE l Book Review.”

  1. Sarosh Mitha says:

    ***SPOILERS*****
    Okay so 1. YOU FINALLY READ IT IM SO SO HAPPY!!! IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS REVIEW!!! I also read the audio book and it was just so so good!! Was LITERALLY crying in class AS I WAS LISTENING TO IT (I don’t really react that much while reading)
    Gahhhh screaming
    2. I feel like shuesterman did a FANTASTIC job relating the characters trials to ya without being like “ik you don’t understand how this feels but this is how it relates to you” he also made us question certain circumstances that we currently face and definitely see where they are coming from and their different houses of thought.
    3. For me the point of the romance was more like “we’re both going through this NO ONE else from our old life can relate and you’re here and you understand” sort of thing rather than a chemistry thing. I think they should be more like friends but only they (and not even anymore bc the end) could understand each other’s situation. And they admired each other. Kind of like why Currie and F had a relationship (first time around)
    4. SO MANY PLOT TWISTS!!
    JUST ONE AFTER ANOTHER
    THEY DONT GIVE YOU A BREAK!!!
    5. So many more twists and turns in the next book (which I’m currently reading) and I can’t wait for you to read it!!!
    ESME, HS F- AT THE END!!!
    Gahhh!!!
    And Goddard
    And Rowan w the fire nsksjsbdjsl
    ALSO YES I CAN NEVER EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE AND IM LIKE I NEED A BREAK I CANT HANDLE IT ANYMORE AND BASICALLY ALL THE PLOT TWISTS TOTALLY BLINDESIDED ME LIKE WHSBJSSKANNDKDLS
    Also! Loved all the gray area characters
    Rip Volta- I wished he could’ve live ;(
    AND CITRA IS AMAZING NEW ROLE MODEL NOT TOO “Tomboyish/badass” and not too “girly girl” she’s so intellectual and stuff and akhdksndjssnxhxbxnxjjd
    -sorry for the long message 😬
    JUST WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK

  2. Alysa Morley says:

    EMMA, your makeup! 🔥😍

  3. Rebecca Lord says:

    You’ve made me want to reread Scythe. I read it last year and loved it just as much as you.

  4. Meagan Benton says:

    I loved this book, too! I just read both Scythe and Thunderhead the week the latter was released. They're sooooooo good I was so happy to hear someone else gushing about it. Please do a spoiler filled review of Thunderhead, too!

  5. Virginia Smith says:

    I just finished it. It was soooo goooodddddddddddddd!!!!! One of my new favorite for sure!!!!

  6. bookalmighty says:

    wow. need to listen to the audiobook asap.

  7. Morgan Murnan says:

    I Ioved this book so much! And I listened the audiobook in 2 days

  8. Sidney Isabel says:

    I just filmed a book review for Scythe on my youtube as well!!! It was such a fantastic book with such an incredible concept! Neal Shusterman really is a genius! I'm quite a small youtuber and would love to hear feedback on my latest video 🙂

  9. HollyByGollyBooks says:

    I was halfway through this book when I saw you post this review and now that I've finished it I was SO EXCITED to come back and finish this video! I was totally baffled when I heard people say it was slow and boring at times because not once did I feel that way lmao I think I was just way too absorbed into the story right from the beginning. And I completely agree with you on Citra and Rowan's relationship! I'm hoping that in Thunderhead it doesn't just jump into it like they've been this established relationship forever or something hahahaha. But YEESSSS that part with Scythe Faraday I literally yelled out loud multiple times also and kept yelling to my boyfriend THIS IS SO UNFAIR!!!!!! Lmao! I am so happy someone shared my exact feelings throughout this entire book hahaha

  10. kittysrock16 says:

    I loved that book when I read it during the summer 🙂

  11. readwithAnsu says:

    I started listening to the book as soon as you posted this video and just got around to watching your video!

    I agree sooo much with the romance, I could have done without it, but maybe they didn't mean it like they 'loved' each other? Idk I might be reading it in the wrong direction.

  12. readwithAnsu says:

    9:00 SAMEEEE!!! I was going into work and heard that bit and was like oh eff nooooo!
    I legit stopped walking and just stood there in shock!

  13. readwithAnsu says:

    I am sorry for commenting like crazy but the Volta scene made me bawl my eyes out at like 1am. Poor guy :'(

  14. thisstoryaintover says:

    ahh this review was amazing and i AGREE SO MUCH with you!! Scythe is definitely the first YA book to truly surprise me in awhile and as you said, the world is really what sets the stage for the amazing conflict and the fantastic moral questions that arise! Really looking forward to your review on Thunderhead BECAUSE OMG THERE IS SO MUCH THAT HAPPENS.

  15. Amanda Gjokaj - blueyedbooks says:

    AHH! So glad i can finally watch this video. I absolutely LOVED this book and i needed to own the sequel at the 5th chapter! All of this was so crazy and i loved every moment of craziness!!! Lol

  16. Mckenzie Duff says:

    I felt like the romance was more of a side-element of their dedication to each other than the driving force of it. I felt like the dedication came from just the understanding they both had for their circumstances and how awful it really was.

  17. Essie K. says:

    Almost finished reading. I really love it as well. 😀

  18. Tahira Menendez says:

    I just finished Scythe and I am SHAKING. Like you, I didn't see any of the plot twists coming. I had to put the book down several times because of how intense it was. Honestly, one of the best books I've read this year. My mind is blown

  19. MackyBear429 says:

    Haha!! I love your review. I felt very similarly, especially that bit where you were screaming ‘no no no’ in the car – same! I was so stunned!!!

  20. Jasmine S says:

    Who was marie?

  21. Sarai Romero says:

    Just finished it right now…I loved it! 😍

  22. Karen Salazar says:

    I LOVE!!! LOVE!!! LOVE!!! this story!!! It's so complex and it legit makes you question sooo many things. It dives into topics of morality, death, mortality, and ugh!! So much more!!! I have to say, though, I didn't listen to the novel on audiobook. I've actually recently started doing that. I guess I just enjoy the feel of the books in my hands and flipping the pages. (I didn't listen to the audiobook in this instance) But I really appreciated that the plot of the book wasn't driven by romance. That being said, Rowan is the one who is more emotional of the two I feel and he began having feelings for Citra, from the very start. Even when they were invited to the Opera House the first time, he though she was really pretty and Citra was kind of tsundere (Japanese term for a girl who has feelings towards someone but denies them) we do get to see their inner though process (of both main characters) develop feelings for each other. For me it was noticeable, specially from Rowan. In a very subtle way. Perhaps that was lost because of the listening aspect of it. I don't know,, I'm a visual learner, i guess thats why I prefer the physical book. More importantly they are very loyal to each other. With Rowan and Citra, loyalty trumps love. ❤️❤️ Thank you for your review!!

  23. Alien Heston says:

    Great book, but that cake on your face….daayum.

  24. Ryker Percival says:

    I thought the “romance” was as much as it needed to be. They knew the potential dangers of their relationship. Neither one of them thought the other had feelings. I felt like that was realistic.

  25. Anaïs Faure says:

    SPOILERS KEEP AWAY FROM THIS COMMENT NON SPOILERY PPL
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    I was so hooked to this book even in the slower moments tbh bc it was so fascinating. I truly share your opinion on many things regarding this book. I cried a lot wow the worst moment was Ben's "gleaning" and I think it's bc of the audiobook, hearing his soft little voice talking to his sister made me imagine myself gleaning the eldest of my nephews and it was horrible 😂 also, whereas I agree with the romantic feelings between Rowan and citra being necessary, I think it was for them. They were took away from their world at the same time, they felt lost and needed comfort and reassurance, so obviously they misjudged caring as loving but I think it's sweet.

  26. Gina Cordova says:

    I loved this book! It honestly sucked me out of a book slump and made me audibly gasp more than once. I do agree about the romance being unnecessary. Citra is also my new favorite

  27. Allie Marie says:

    While I do think Citra and Rowan's relationship definitely should've had a lot more time and development, I kinda understand their infatuation. They were thrown into this insane almost torturous experience and forced to live together and always be around each other for months. They could only relate and understand eachother, they relied on one another. And also, there was some time skipped over so we weren't with them the whole time. And then they got torn apart which, the cliche, absence makes the heart grow fonder. I was waiting for them to reunite and runaway together in the end but I actually really enjoyed the diversion from that. I hope they come together in some way in Thunderhead.

  28. The Awkward Bookworm says:

    It sounds amazing! I want to read it soon!!

  29. Renne Malfoy says:

    I just finished scythe on audio and…. there are no words. I am deceased. I am dead. It was AMAING! I can't wait to start thunderhead.

  30. Jim Cowhand says:

    Just finished this at breakfast! Noam Chomsky and Ayn Rand are interesting choices. 🤔

  31. Kaya Hicks says:

    HI Just found your channel and subscribed. I loved this book and it is one of my favorites. I read it early January . I have not read Thunderhead yet. I really want to. I have a question for you: I collect books and usually when I get books in a series I get them in the same format. I got Scythe in paperback and Thunderhead is really expensive in paperback right now. Do you think I should just go ahead and buy it in hardback and not worry about the formats being different?
    Btw your Makeup is absolutely gorgeous.

  32. Breanne Thompson says:

    I just finished Scythe and am so happy to see someone else so invested in the story and characters… Volta wrecked me and Rowan’s development is epic

  33. xyhanx says:

    8:47 Yes, that was also the time I got hooked. The first part was just okay but THAT scene also caught me off guard. I did not see it coming at all. Scythe is such an awesome read.

  34. megstudy says:

    I WANTED VOLTA AND ROWAN TO RUN AWAY TOGETHER AND BE GAY LOVERS… BUT NO

  35. Books by Dano says:

    I have so many thoughts about this book too. I just couldn't get past at the start where Scythe Faraday asks why Citra's parents do what they do as their jobs are really pointless in a world that knows all there is to know and what that would mean for my life if i was in that situation.

  36. nourah salim says:

    Is it lgbt?

  37. Bennett says:

    One nitpick: Scythe Curie doesn't offer the families of her victims the chance to glean her. Only Scythes can glean. She simply offers them the chance to render her deadish with the same weapon that she gleaned their family member with.

  38. Low-Key25 says:

    I loved Scythe, but to me it felt like a standalone and I don’t have any desire to read Thunderhead? I liked the ending and the questions it left open and those it answered, but i felt like if we were going to have a second book it would have been about Goddard and his cronies but then they done did got murdered by Rowan so like
    I know Thunderhead will probably go further into the Scythedom and Rowan’s gleaning of the bad eggs but I’m not interested. Rowan really annoyed me as a character so maybe that’s part of it.

    Or could be the fact that I’m really sick. Idk. One of the two definitely.

  39. Me Df says:

    i love this too and i pronounce scythe differently. you’re probably right but i like pronouncing it my way. :’(

  40. Me Df says:

    i agree with you on most points, but i actually disagree about the romance. i do agree that the romance is not and shouldn’t be the important part of the book, but i do totally think they have chemistry. i saw it as kind of a subtle awkward chemistry, and i think it’s just a different type of romance that we typically see in YA. I think they’re kind of just a quieter, subtler, type of romance but in that moment in the end it just kind of overflows. I actually really liked the romance, because it was kind of a different nature than the ones we usually see. They kind of like/love each other in a quiet and solitary way, not in a flirty, all over each other way. But i do think that the center of the book isn’t the romance, it’s totally the incredibly fascinating and complex plot.

  41. Savannah Rouse says:

    This is such an amazing book thank you

  42. Vic Avila says:

    I just finished this book .45 seconds ago. My fucking ❤ wow! Brutal and unique storyline im hooked sis

  43. Sir T3abäggins says:

    I really loved this book just finished the audiobook and loved all the messages and questions it poses, tho I really wished they both got to become scythes but also would love to see another book on Rowan being the judger of Scythes and could be called Reaper since there's a certain Scythe whose already with them it works out as Reaper and Scythe but still include Citra

  44. Sir T3abäggins says:

    Wait there's already a Sequal!? Damn…really hoped it wouldve been called "Reaper and Scythe"

  45. lilac lily says:

    just finished this book i absolutely loved it !!!

  46. Camie Magee says:

    This book is the best

  47. Morgan k says:

    Why is it always teenagers? -.-

  48. Josefine lindhagen says:

    Finished this book yesterday, and oh my gosh it was so freaking good. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time.

  49. Jonathan Lynch says:

    I binged this book in a day

  50. Aramis Suarez says:

    Fire also permanent kills you

  51. lalitalalita1985 says:

    OK it went onto my ever growing wishlist thanks love from Croatia!

  52. The Donny Life says:

    I didn't catch the Curie journal entry which foreshadowed the importance of fire. Could someone perhaps tell me the page # of that entry??

  53. Caleb Pecue says:

    Loved the book!

  54. Allen Johnson says:

    I thought I was the only 1 who preferred audio book over actual books. I feel more immerse in the story when i listen to an audiobook

  55. Twenty Øne Duns says:

    This is my favourite duology (I don’t think that’s how it’s spelled). I love the story, characters, plot twists and vocabulary. I was so addicted to this book and read it ridiculously fast

  56. kayla ryals says:

    I finished today and I wanted to hear about every ones opinion

  57. Games and stuff Balcer says:

    I listened to the whole book in one day and it’s probably the best book I’ve read I’d put it above the divergent series and maze runner series tho those are different I feel they are similar in some ways but before I read this book those where my favorites series but now i have to give the number one spot to scythe I can’t wait to read thunder head nor to read the books after I hope Neal shusterman continues this series for a while as it is my favorite so far

  58. Tea Time T Reads says:

    So I literally just finished read Scythe as in right this second and had to come and watch your review because I am screaming with all these thoughts! It was phenomenal! It’s my absolute favourite. I read it on Libby (overdrive) and as soon as I have money I’m buying it in hardback. I was going through a slump and this has just reignited my love of reading

  59. Krystal Poulin says:

    I just finished this book. It’s been sitting on my shelf to read FOREVER. I finally read it and I wish I had a long time ago! This book was absolutely amazing. Watching your review I found myself thinking oh my goodness I am so glad that someone else felt the same way or incorrectly predicted things that I did! For example I also thought that scythe Goddard was that name that was given to cigar by the thunderhead! This book had so many twists and turns and I LOVED Citras character as much as you did. I am going to start thunderhead immediately!!! Thanks for the review!

  60. Kingkilla 777 says:

    I'm forced to read this book for an activity in my English class we had to pick a book to read and this was the first one I picked because the cover looked interesting to me so far its really good and I'm enjoying it alot

  61. Student Justin Salinas says:

    Universal studios is making a movie about SCYTHE

  62. No Bueno says:

    There were moments in this book (somewhere around the middle) where it was literally impossible for me to hate it more than I already did. I genuinely have trouble computing how it is so many people can like it, let alone love it.

  63. Maria Slet says:

    i bought it on sale when i was in deuchland and it was actually the book i least wanted to read but on the bus home (i live in Denmark) i started reading it and WOW!

  64. Marie says:

    I liked the book however i think the world building was very minimal and not very impressive. I've read very similar world building on futuristic worlds that were far more complex and realistic.

  65. Hallo ich bin der Hubert says:

    This is my favourite book and i've read it in almost 5 days. I really liked skythe faradays come back cause if he were dead… This would be really sad.

  66. Jude Abernathy says:

    Well they can die by fire permanently. #Rowanthesavage showed this. Love this book, just read it, and i enjoyed your review.

  67. Kade The Geek says:

    Picked up book due to premise, expecting disappointment because YA novel. I could not have been more wrong. I loved it, and I can't wait to read thunderhead!

    That said, my only disagreement with your review is Scythe Faraday's fake death and subsequent reveal. The death felt like it came out of nowhere without good reason (shock value) until Scythe Curie explained it in the next chapter. The reveal that he was still alive was even more disappointing, as I am a firm believer in that a dead character (death defined by author) should stay dead.

  68. Andrew Zhu says:

    It's utopian and dystopian

  69. KadenPlayzRoblox says:

    Just finished the book. Really want to read the next one. It was the best book I have ever read. I haven't read many books. Very thought provoking about life.

  70. rosy remus says:

    I FINALLY picked this book up today and oh my god. You during this review was me right after I finished it. All of the plot twists took me by total surprise, and I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen next. I also definitely agree about the romance part.

  71. adam kowalski says:

    Sythe curie didn't offer the families of the gleaned to glean her but to kill her in revenge. Which in that book was a big difference .

  72. Miles Jackson says:

    Killing Goddard was awesome but I kind of liked his philosophy. I felt sad when Volta killed himself.

  73. Jason Le says:

    Wait, but Godard told one of his apprentices to gather the families of the gleaned from the apartment building.

  74. Luna Sunlight says:

    I didn't like the romance in this story either…it felt so forced and came completely out of nowhere 😩
    And also entirely unnecessary; just let them be good friends and be done with it 😧
    Or make it more convincing 😆

    Also in the beginning Citra really annoyed me xD
    But throughout the book she really grew on me, just like Rowan, Faraday and Curie 😆
    I also loved the diary-entries after each chapter 👍

    Even though I had some issues with the book, in the end I really enjoyed reading it and I'll definetely read the second book as well ^^

  75. Burnt chicken nugget 101 says:

    Read thunderhead and soon the toll will be out

  76. Esperanza A says:

    This is not a critique on the writing but on the world itself (As in if this was a real world, I would criticize it for this but as a book do not think it applies) but I have one question: Why did they choose this specific way? Instead of gleaning, they could have chosen something like another book I read (I can't remember what it is called lmao) where everyone died on their X birthday and was done painlessly. That would take away all possible prejudice and give people a reason to really truly live their lives because they know it will eventually come to an end.

    I also interpreted the exchange between High Blade and Rowan differently; here, I interpreted it as an alliance more than blackmail; High Blade protected him from the world's accusations while Rowan returned his daughter back to him, in addition meaning that he was the one who granted his daughters' freedom. High Blade, if anything, felt as though he owed Rowan something, at the least.

  77. Baishnavi Singh says:

    Can't stop staring at your eyes!! So beautiful 😍

  78. Jenny Chen says:

    I just finished reading scythe and I just want to start thunderhead! Oh my goodness. 😍

  79. Harry Potter says:

    I think that the whole scythe world is a simulation bc in thunderhead it talked about how the turkeys were inserted with chips to make them think that they were living a real life but really they were just being fattened up to be killed at thanksgiving idk it kinda makes since tho

  80. Infinite beanzi _ says:

    Am I the only kid here?

  81. S B says:

    I disagree with the romance part, I thought Citra and Rowan had a really good undeniable chemistry but other than that I agree with you totally I love your videos!

  82. ryanna anderson says:

    I just finished the book because you recommended it and right after I finished I had to see what you said about it! Omg the ending had me at the edge of my seat! It was just so amazing!

  83. Gabrielle Nicole says:

    I felt the same way about the romance! I would of preferred them just be really close friends. Still really enjoyed the book though!

  84. Nero Aries says:

    Would you do a review of my first novel? I can send you a free copy.

  85. Crystal Kitten says:

    I absolutely LOVED scythe almost DIED when I finished it! And then I told my friends about it and they all loved it too!

  86. it's all a dream says:

    You NEED to read the Unwind series also by Neal Shusterman! they were my Absolute favorite books until scythe came along

  87. PleasedYes03 ‘ says:

    I love it, but it got really sad near the end.

  88. khan adnan says:

    You look like a vampire

  89. david vasquez says:

    With Rowan getting away ki—ng G in liked it because G said he can glean one person and it would count as G doing it so technically G gleaned themselves

  90. Candy101 says:

    Your eyes are sooooo pretty

  91. John Lawchamp says:

    I thought this book was terrible. hahaha. I'm surprised you enjoyed it, to be honest.
    Here's my take on it https://youtu.be/R_VZefvMi9A

  92. Diego Rodriguez says:

    Books are gae

  93. Emma Nash says:

    I'm so late but i LOVED SCYTHE TOO and i totally agree about the amazingness of everything!!!! also, the romance had the same sort of feel for me but it didn't bother me as much. i feel like we didn't know why they loved each other because they didn't even know. also we missed a lot of those early months because mr schusterman couldn't put every moment in there. so maybe he could have included more moments to justify the romance but it didn't bother me so much. anyway i just finished scythe and i can't wait to get to thunderhead!!

  94. Karol Suarez says:

    Loved the book! And totally agreed with your review

  95. No, this is Patrick!!! says:

    Idk if u will see this or if you already know this but they are makeing a third book called the toll! Yes!

  96. TheColoradoWolf says:

    Scythe is a top book for me. Try out Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley.

  97. darklightimages says:

    Her slight bias to Citra really shows thru. Even in the book Citra openly admits that Rowan is better at searching the back brain then her hell Faraday even has Rowan plan most of the gleanings because he is so good at planning them out and searching the back brain.

  98. Theatrelover99 says:

    Scythe Faraday is my MAN, I LOVE him and I hope he and Sythe Curie can be happy one day, imagine if like hundreds of years in the future, Faraday, Curie, Citra/Anastasia and Rowan/Lucifer are all a little happy family on that beach together, ugh I love Scythe and I love Faraday he's just great, and when Rowan broke Citra's neck and she was being revived and someone was talking to her, I for sure thought it was Faraday and thought we were gonna get a scene of Citra and Faraday in the afterlife.

  99. Michal Kate C. says:

    Citra and Rowan are a big ship of mine. Their relationship is awkward and it felt like how a young relationship may start, especially under their circumstances

  100. LeahJorden says:

    this book has been on my tbr for a while but now it’s my required reading for school (i’m going into tenth grade) i’m excited to read it

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