A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
I’ll come clean with you here.
I don’t normally like dystopian worlds. I went through that phase a couple years ago just like everyone else when i read every single dystopian there ever was. *cough* hunger games *cough* I gladly left that chapter* of my life behind and have now moved into a time when all i ever read it fantasy
(my one and only love). HOWEVER, i haven’t actually read a dystopian in a while and i actually enjoyed this one. the world in Scythe is much more utopian than any other book in this genre that i have read. basically, humans are now immortal, having conquered disease/injury/death in general. the Scythes are the peeps who get to weed through the population and prevent overpopulation by killing people of their choice. anyone they want.
i though that the idea of a life without toil was very intriguing because, without struggle, can you really feel joy? that’s my question. this really was a perfect world in a sense, but there are other ways to define perfection. the whole concept of this world really made me think.
another thing that really stood out to me was the fact that the world felt real, despite merely being part of a book. many dystopians that i have read are way out there, and usually, i feel that these worlds feel very unlikely. Scythe felt like it could actually happen.
the whole idea of scythes controlling the population and being the most powerful people on earth was very interesting, and i had never read anything like it before. i was just wondering how the heck the scythedom hasn’t already been corrupted before this??
*haha. because books. get it? i’m so punny.
|here’s a pic of one of the journal entries!|