I’ve heard a lot about this book and it deserves all the acclaim it has and more. It reminds me of how much utopian societal books make you think and feel. This seems like a thought experiment as well as a wonderful young adult book.
The characters are wonderfully like us as well as so different based on how their world has advanced. Scythe made me think a lot about our world, human nature, and what it all means.
Citra and Rowan are both wicked smart and good at planning. I really enjoyed getting to see how their minds worked in the various difficult situations they were in. I think Shusterman pushes his characters well and in a way that constantly makes me nervous. I want to see how they’ll handle different situations, but I also want them to be safe. I also can tell that Shusterman is not afraid to push his characters super far, I just hope they make it out alive!
However, because they were pushed so much in this book, we as readers get to know them on a personal level we only get to see because of dire ethical and survival circumstances. Having said that, I look forward to getting to know them even more. I was surprised by the depth we get to see from Rowan and Citra, and I was also surprised by the different directions their lives go.
I do want to see what they desire as individuals, not as scythes. I want to see them get passionate about something other than being a scythe and I’m hoping we’ll see that in the next book.
This book is like nothing I’ve read before and because of that, it was so exciting. I’d never read a book by Shusterman before, but let me tell you, I will be looking for many more by him very soon!