Ahoy there me mateys! This cover and its title drew me in:
Isn’t that gorgeous? So of course I had to know what it was about. Turns out that Earth, with the help of a super computer, has no natural death, hunger, disease, war, etc. But because the population still needs to be controlled, there are human scythes whose job it is to choose who will die.- within certain rules and parameters of course.
The story concerns Citra and Rowan, two teens, who are chosen to be trained as apprentice scythes. Neither of them wants the job but both say yes for assorted reasons. The catch is that only one of them will be chosen to advance as a scythe. But each apprentice has to decide if they truly want the job as well as try to pass the appropriate tests..
The world and characters that the author set up were extremely interesting. I liked the various scythes and how each chooses to approach the work. I love the weird super computer. I enjoyed both Citra and Rowan’s stories. I thought the introduction to both of those characters as well as to their master scythe were especially well done and engaging. There are a lot of lovely details that made this version of Earth come alive for me.
The flaw in the reading was in the plot. The first half flew by and then the story seemed to stagnate. The middle was kinda boring and there were some plot twists that I did not like at all. But I kept reading because I loved the overall world set-up and wanted to know how it ended. And I highly enjoyed how the author chose to conclude this first book. I am not sure what will happen in the second book but I do believe I will read it.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Thou shalt kill.
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.
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