My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.
In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes’ apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser.
I still need time to process the wonders of this book and why I gave it five stars, however, I cannot at this moment not give it a high rating.
My initial reaction to this book was that everyone on booktube and bookstagram talked about how great it was. This peaked my interest, then when I went onto Waterstones and saw the beautiful UK paperback I couldn’t pick it up.
It took me a little while to get into the swing of the book but overall I really enjoyed the writing style and it was a longish but easy read. At first, I was captivated by the story and the plot, however, about 100 pages in I slightly got bored and stopped reading as fast. I’m glad I pushed through that little bit of slump though because the last 200 pages were amazing. I couldn’t stop reading causing me to read very late into the night and early hours of the morning.
I can certainly see the premise of this book leasing onto more books in the series and I would happily read the next one in the series right now if I had it to hand.
I think all the slight twists and plot usage in this book has made it so much better, even though I don’t really like the romance that much and the whole boy meets girl … which one will kill the other thing is a little cliche with the ending. However, the ending was not in some ways what I was expecting.
I cannot wait to carry on with this series and learn more about the world. This book reminded me slightly of illuminae with thunderhead being the new Aidan and the boy/girl romance … ones presumed bad and the other presumed good. I can also see how it has been likened to the hunger games with the politics at play.
In conclusion, it was a fantastic read. I would highly recommend if you like dystopian YA.