In mankind’s existence, Scythes now wander aimlessly in the world, ready to end life as a purpose to keep the population attentive. When both Citra and Rowan meet a strange, mysterious Scythe, their lives are turned upside down as they are chosen to become apprentices for him. Though neither wants it so, they must train in the master of killing till one is chosen for the true job. Will independent Citra get the gruesome role, will rigid-stiff Rowan be given the position, or will both perish in the result of downfall?
What I loved most was definitely the off-on, complicated relationship of Citra and Rowan because it wasn’t really seen, but it had such a momentous vibe when they were having serious moments together. Though they showed their feelings for each other in the end, it wasn’t the love you’d expect and I felt like if they had actual time together, they could have had something. I also just liked the idea of having another dimension where Scythes had the power to eliminate people in order to keep the population healthy and the style was contemporary. The book left on a cliffhanger and I hope there may be a sequel with more of Citra’s feelings for Rowan.
The memorable thing about this novel is how every rule of a Scythe is to be honored as this world is operated to make sure there is no war and no hunger. When Scythes do their work, it is not something to be scared of, but something to be glorified as it is revealed that the work of a Scythe is through “thou shalt kill.”
Reviewed by Ashley, Grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library