Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian novel that follows two teenagers named Citra and Rowan as they train to become Scythes. The World that they live in has conquered death, therefore, in order to combat overpopulation, Scythes are the only ones who can take life way. They are chosen to be a Scythe’s apprentice after they each have a remarkable and unpleasant experience with the honorable Scythe Faraday. He choses them both to train to become Scythes, but after their apprenticeship, only one of the them will receive the ring of the Scythe.
- great character development
- lots of great twists and turns
- great villain with Scythe Goddard (corruption of main characters, reader feels hatred and fear towards him, set up wonderfully)
- the supporting characters are intriguing just by themselves (ex. Scythe Goddard, Scythe Curie, members of Scythe Goddard crew, Scythe Faraday)
- wonderful world-building
- ethical dilemmas talked about (should you enjoy being a Scythe and take advantage of the position? or should you hate it and live in solitude?)
- great contrast between Citra’s and Rowan’s life
- makes you care about the characters
- themes: right vs. wrong,
- doesn’t capitalize on talking about themes of overpopulation and how to deal with, which is what the summary makes it seem like it might talk about
- ending is a bit anti-climatic, the climax kind of happens earlier in the story
My Rating: 9/10
In conclusion, Scythe is book that makes you think, but not too much. It goes into the ethical dilemma of overpopulation and how to deal with, but doesn’t dive into the topic too much. Hopefully it will do so in the sequel (Thunderhead). The characters and plot were also intriguing and the book kept you constantly hooked. I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading, dystopian novels, and are able to read violent books.
Have you read Scythe and did you like it? If not, are you going to add it to your reading list?
In Tash Hearts Tolstoy, a realistic fiction novel by Kathryn Ormsbee, a high-school girl named Tash works on a web series called Unhappy Families with her best friend, Jack. It’s a humble enough web series that serves as a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, a novel by Leo Tolstoy, who Tash idolizes. However, when a popular youtuber gives them a shoutout, their project goes viral. Tash feels the effects of internet fame, from dealing with haters to how the fame impacts her friendships. She also develops a major crush on fellow vlogger Thom, who she plans to meet up with at the Golden Tubas. However, she even struggles in that asset of her life, where she is afraid to come out to others about being a romantic asexual.
- Great LGBTQ+ representation in this book, Tash isn’t the only character who is apart of the community
- modern and up to date with what teens are doing in the world today
- Youtube serving as a pathway to fame is realistic and fresh
- themes of the damages of fame and growing up
- great parallels between Tash’s Unhappy Families project and her own Unhappy Family
- supporting characters are interesting and many of them could probably have their own book
- Tash has impressive character development, along with other supporting characters, like her sister
- the ending makes the long book worth the read
- Can sometimes be boring, especially when Tash is caught up on the hate, and that makes the reader want to tell her to stop worrying about it. Also when she spends all of her time daydreaming about Thom.
- The character Jack, who serves as Tash’s best friend is hard to like. However, she is realistic of how someone in her situation would act like.
My Rating: 8.5/10
In conclusion, Tash Hearts Tolstoy is a fun and interesting read that made me more aware and knowledgeable about subjects like being asexual, vlogging, and web series. I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with identity, likes reading, and is young enough to understand what vlogging and web series are.
If you have read Tash Hearts Tolstoy, did you like it? And if you haven’t, are you interested in reading it?
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