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Scythe by Neal Shusterman: A Review by Finn

Scythe by Neal Shusterman: A Review by Finn

Posted by Jennifer on October 28, 2022

Scythe, a novel written by Neal Shusterman, depicting a utopian society where humanity has conquered or overcome all obstacles known the humankind including disease, war and even death. The society is organized and overseen by a sentient artificial intelligence known as the Thunderhead. The Thunderhead knows and sees all. 

All humans have been injected with nanobots to prevent disease, injuries, and illness. Additionally, humans can extend their lives through medical intervention. The result is that no one dies of natural causes. 

The novel follows two teens, Citra, and Rowan, who have been chosen to be apprentice Scythes. Scythes have a unique role in the society and are the only organization completely independent from the Thunderhead. Although it is omniscient, the Thunderhead does not believe it, as an AI, should make decisions about human life. That is the role of scythes. They are responsible for “culling” humans because death by natural causes is no longer a reality. Scythes are needed to obey specific rules and protocols and are both revered but feared.

This novel can have dark moments as it deals with really challenging issues around mortality and mortality. The characters, Citra, and Rowan as well as their Scythe master, Faraday, are compelling and evolve throughout the novel. It is interesting to consider a society that has chosen to eliminate many of the major complications and aspects that make us human (mortality etc.) and the challenges that arise because of those choices.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in futuristic science fiction and who wants to really dive into a compelling trilogy of books. The characters and the situations they encounter are fascinating. It was hard to put it down!
 

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