Book Review: Scythe


Neha Sunkara '21, Food Editor

Over the summer, all of the juniors read the book Scythe by Neal Shusterman for our Metaphysics class. Overall, I can tell you that my class loved Scythe. It intrigued most of my class with its mysterious and controversial topics as well as great world-building. Scythe is a young adult novel about a “perfect world.” In this novel, humanity has conquered hunger, overpopulation, disease, war, misery, and death. But there is a twist, only Scythes have the power to end life and are required to use it. Two “normal” people, Rowan and Citra, are chosen to be Scythe apprentices, which means that they have to learn and master the “art of killing.” The book follows Rowan and Citra through their apprenticeship, which gets more complicated through the book. Scythe is captivating. It makes you want to hug the book at some parts while making you cry and throw the book at other parts. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, no matter what genre of books they prefer to read.