Book Series Review : Arc of a Scythe Series ( Scythe, Thunderhead, The Toll) by Neal Shusterman

I’m so excited to start off this series! There’s just tons of good reviews about it and I’m counting on this series to bring me out of my reading slumps. Fingers crossed. 

  1. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
    Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
    Page : 435 pages
    Published : 22th November 2016


  2. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)
    Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
    Page : 504 pages
    Published : 9th January 2018


  3. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3)
    Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult
    Page : 625 pages
    Published : 5th November 2019

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

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. 

“Everyone is guilty of something, and everyone still harbors a memory of childhood innocence, no matter how many layers of life wrap around it. Humanity is innocent; humanity is guilty, and both states are undeniably true.”

— Overall Review of Arc of a Scythe—

Scythe, Thunderhead and The Toll

To be honest, first glance to the books, they didn’t give me much interest. But what I don’t expect, there’s always Bookstagrammers, Bloggers, Readers, who find this book alluring. And it kinda kick in my interest. I thought, “What about this book?” as I pick it up and skim the blurb.

Oh wow.

The concept. It’s one hell of a brilliant concept.

Fast forward to future, we are now living in a world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. We, human has also conquered death and whatever you need, whatever knowledge you’re craving for, Thunderhead— internet sentient which more or less acted and worshipped like a God will be there to guide you.

And the mind blowing thing of all, since human has conquered death, they’ll need a system to wipe out over populated issues. Here’s how the scythes came in handy. Just like the names— scythes, they’ll have the upperhand to glean people and the death’ll never to be revived again.

So what’s the big deal?

The big deal is being scythes are also somehow a play of power and politics. And the innocent Citra and Rowan somehow get dragged upon the messed since they’re being picked and trained as the next scythe’s apprentice.

This series really do have an amazing concept, but personally, I don’t really get the true plot lines of this series. Like, Okay this series is full of scythes deal. But then, what? Pages after pages, books after books, I don’t get the idea of what this series want to achieve. It’s like they don’t have a fix goal to it and the plot just move on as the river flows.

I quite like the first book because there are clear missions to it. As a friend and a foe, Citra and Rowan needs to fight each other to gain their title as scythes. It’s a slowburn story but it was totally okay for me and I quite enjoy the whole ride. 

But the moment I finished the first book, I’m kind of exhausted to continue the next installment. But still, I’m excited and intrigued to know what’ll happened next. 

And here where it all goes south for me. I feel the story moves on with a snail pace in which, I totally feel it has a lot of potential to the story. And between the second and the third book, it all moves on like a blur to me.

One thing I’m devastated about, is how this series conceal Rowan from the potential he is. He always received all the bad sides while Citra receives all the love and upperhand, while I could not really understand what’s so regale about Citra in the book. My heart literally broke for Rowan.

Stating one character to be regale, does not made her one. Readers love characters by the ordeals they gone through and their traits, as we slowly learn about them. I feel the characters development are a bit off.

And another thing about closing potential on Rowan, I’m so sad despite him being trained and being one of the best out there in combat, there are literally little to none action scenes of Rowan to really show off all the moves and strategy he has developed. 

Another thing, I’m sad over how easy things are being resolved in the end. I’m just truly sad since this series has a great potential for being my favourites. But still, I would urged anyone out there to read this series since there are tons of readers out there who loves this series to the moon and back and I’m just an tiny baggage unpopular opinion to the series.

“Mortals fantasied that love was eternal and its loss unimaginable. Now we know neither is true. Love remained mortal, while we became eternal.”


Author: Celine


2 thoughts on “Book Series Review : Arc of a Scythe Series ( Scythe, Thunderhead, The Toll) by Neal Shusterman

    1. Yesha! Hello there!✨ Yes, I’m surprised myself that this series turns out to be a slowburn. But I’m happy to know you are going to try reading the first book beforehand! I hope you enjoy your reads and this series Yesha!😚✨

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