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Scythe

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8,301 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times best-selling Unwind Dystology series.

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.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

©2016 Neal Shusterman (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Best book I have read this year.

Of the 83 books that I have listened to/read this year, this is by far the best one. The world building is incredible and the characters are very easy to identify with. It delves into some philosophical questions that are as applicable to the current state of the world as they are to the “utopia” of the book. The idea of a “Thunderhead” evolving from the “cloud” is brilliant. Just so many good things about this book and I never wanted it to end. Can’t wait until the next book in the series is released.

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What made the experience of listening to Scythe the most enjoyable?

Every road trip, I seek out an audiobook that can please all 3 of my kids (now 12 [girl], 13 & 15 [boys]). Let's just say I've been striking out the last few years. This time was different. After each chapter, all three were asking for more. And on a typical road trip that is balanced between listening to a book, playing car games, resting, and watching movies, this time was all Scythe! My 15-year-old son, who no longer wished to read for enjoyment, said that 1. he wants to "read" it again, and 2. he wants this to be turned into a film. Listening to this book was truly the highlight of our road trip!

What did you like best about this story?

It felt like a combination between The Giver and The Hunger Games.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

His voices were seamless and spot on!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Scythe- kill with conscience.

Any additional comments?

We are hoping the next installment in the trilogy comes out before our next road trip!

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Immortal until you're Gleaned

What did you love best about Scythe?

This book is action packed and humorous at times while dealing with a very dark and morbid theme... Death. It's very thought provoking and yet gripping. It was one of the hardest books to have to stop listening to when I arrived at my destinations. Mr. Shusterman created one of the most dastardly villains I've read in a very long time. This villain is so slyly evil it's almost creeptastically good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scythe?

Several moments but I don't want to spoil the book!

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

I loved listening to 2 characters performed by Mr. Tremblay, the Scythes in Training, Citra and Rowan.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What happens when humans are in control of Death?

Any additional comments?

This was SO worth the credit I paid but now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat for more. I want to hear more of this world and the hear more about the Scythedom and the Thunderhead. Mr. Shusterman does such an amazing job of world building and I need to hear more ASAP. I also hope the movie they produce of this film (if it actually makes it to production) will match the movie I had running in my head at the time of listening.

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Typical dystopian

This was just another dystopian YA book. It wasn't bad but wasn't really good or a standout either. I kept waiting for something really amazing because of all of the great reviews. I found the end to be predictable and just a set up for the next in the series--I really hate that. There are so many series these days that it seems that no one can just write a good stand alone book. If you're looking for a time-filler you'll probably be fine with this book, but if you're looking for a 5-star listen you'll most likely be a bit let down.

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Seemingly clever premise that doesn't hold up

I listened to a decent bit of this book before I stopped gritting my teeth and accepted that the premise (humans are now immortal and still want to have lots of kids, so they have to self cull, allowing robed killers to wander around and decide everyone's fate) was not clever as it originally seems, but incredibly stupid. Putting this book down gave me mixed feelings, but mostly I felt relief.
In short, there is no plausible set of circumstances that would lead to this societal arrangement. It doesn't make any sense. People don't work this way. Not the self culling idea, the idea that we would let a group of mostly unregulated people walk around slaughtering people in creative and unnecessarily brutal and messy ways. Why kill someone with a neighbor's kitchen knife, shouldn't everyone just get an injection when they don't expect it? Why sit and tell a person you are about to kill them with a sword and they can't fight back or say their goodbyes, but you can have a side conversation with another character while this poor schmuck waits? It makes no sense at all and that kills the narrative, constantly pushing you out of an otherwise decently written and well read book.
If you are fine with this level of violence, just read the Red Rising series and don't pretend to seek philosophy.

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You Can't Please All of The People All of The Time

I was hoping for well-developed and well-formed characters whom I could really care about. I saw Scythe compared to the Hunger Games which I absolutely loved. I was hoping it would grab me in a similar way. After all, both books had a significant amount of killing in their plot lines. Murder had seemed an integral part of the HG story, though not the end all and be all.

Scythe, on the other hand, did not immerse me in the story or make me care much about the characters. Who were Citra and Rowan? Why should I care about them? Why would teenagers become apprentice Scythes (killers) and have to learn SO many ways to kill, so many tools to use? In reality, teens decision making skills are not fully developed until early adulthood. How could they have enough life experience to choose who lives and who dies? (And yet, for some reason, I was willing to accept that Ender, not even a teen, could battle and save the world! Of course, it was because I knew about his family, his struggles, his persona so much more than Citra and Rowan.)

Shusterman created a world I just could not buy into. Sure, I could somehow accept the gleaning (culling of excess humans due to overpopulation), but only in a well-thought out and reasoned manner. The glorification and total focus on killing and the gleeful and exuberant enjoyment of it just does not sit right with me, especially in a book marketed for young adults

The narration was fine. The book did keep my attention despite my unease with the topic and I finished it. However, the ending did not redeem it for me nor does it stand out in my mind.

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Well Written Novel

Loved it however I was not satisfied as much with the ending as I wanted to be, maybe that was the point. Looking foward to the sequel.

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Lived up to the reviews.

Great book.
The world did have some flaws and logic holes, but the story was good and the characters were interesting.
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Right at the start the book says that space travel is not an option and that everything about everything is already known.
Neither of these statements is ever justified or explored. Maybe the writer will address these problems in future books.

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  • DP
  • 10-11-17

Loved it!

What a treat!!! I love this bc was such a new idea for a dystopian future. Nothing like I had read before. This author reminds me of Margaret Atwood, who is the queen of the genre. Although set in the future, the themes are very pertinent now. One of my favorites.

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The story was so incredibly written.

I was captived from beginning to end, you really find yourself falling in love with all the characters.

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  • Georgina
  • 01-18-18

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS!

I haven't found an audiobook I really loved since listening to Eddie Redmayne reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! The narrator for this was perfect and he kept me hooked! I listened to most of this but I read about 15 chapters from my physical copy of the book but found I was actually missing not listening to the narrator! I highly recommend this, the story was absolutely amazing, it was a freaking rollercoaster of a journey, so many twists and turns but it's also a unique story as I've not really heard of anything like this before!

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  • Matthew
  • 01-22-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

Story was original and the pace was good. Well performed. Really looking forward to the next one.

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  • Richard Morton
  • 11-28-18

Best audio book ever

This is my favourite book and I found that Greg tremblay narrated it very well. He has a softer voice for feminine speech and a harder rougher voice for masculine speech

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  • Lacey Foster
  • 11-06-18

amazing, just amazing -

absolutely fantastic read / listen. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to loose their self.

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  • Toni
  • 09-01-18

This surprised me

4.5 Stars

This surprised me. I don't usually like dystopian books but the plot synopsis intrigued me so I picked it up and I am glad I did. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns. I knew it'd have to end the way it did but not how it'd happen. It also had me wondering what would happen if we did live in a world without illness or death. Looking forward to experiencing the next book now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-18

best book I've read all year<br />

slightly put off by the narrator
story was so gripping. I can't wait for the sequel

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-18

Couldn't stop listening!

Very well narrated and fleshed out characters. Found myself losing sleep while trying to listen to "just one more chapter." Touches on some topical subjects very smoothly, highly recommend

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  • CC
  • 07-14-18

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book, it moved along at a good pace and the characters were believable. The plot had some glaring holes in it but if you suspended logic you could continue with the storyline. Greg Tremblay did an excellent job of narration with very good character voice changes.

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  • Q26
  • 06-05-18

You have to here this story

Just brilliant, you need to listen to this story, and the performance was excellent
The characters are well written but some part of the story I’m sorry to say is predictable but still the story will still have you gripped

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  • Stevan
  • 05-14-18

alright

nice little sci fi story really easy going well read. just wanted it to be a more adult take but its still good

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  • Anna G
  • 11-18-17

Outstanding!

Not only was the world incredible, the plot and story telling well done - the voice actor did a fantastic job! i cannot fault this book and performance one bit. Bravo.

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  • Kia Carrington-Russell
  • 03-28-19

Absolutely love this book!

Phenomenal!!! Must listen and read. The narrator is amazing as well. Just fantastic!!! Loved it so much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-19

MUST READ

set in a utopia/ dystopian future it has full characters, I was quickly hooked and before even reaching halfway, I had already purchased and downloaded the sequel knowing I would be left with all the more questions. This is the BEST series I’ve encountered so far since Amanda Hockings Trylle series which was many years ago.

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  • Millsy
  • 05-15-19

Scythe...

Scythe is not the most exciting or fast paced story but it’s one of those books that is incredibly difficult to stop listening to, the story, interesting, intriguing, captivating and does have exciting moments for sure. I highly recommended this book as upon finishing you will be left pondering for a long time yet.

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  • Kate Glover
  • 04-15-19

A great book

I love this book. I loved the take on immortality and the issues it raised for society. I love the underlying theme of care and compassion. A beautiful work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-19

Omg I loved this book

I could not stop listening. Everything about this audiobook is great. Downloading the second book immediately.

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  • Kirstie
  • 01-11-19

Fantastic!

This was a great read with a brilliant narrator. I can’t wait to read more of Shusterman’s book. Definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-19

Amazing book

This book is amazing but it is quite dark, I do highly recommend this book.

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  • Teresa Romanovsky
  • 10-24-18

A future both fascinating and terrifying!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was excellent. I do have a few unanswered questions such as what happens to the children of the parents that have been gleaned and what happens to the jobs left vacant? This annoyed me a little but not enough to spoil the storytelling. Whilst this version of the future is far removed from our own, the basic human psyche remains the same - good and evil still exists and that battle continues to wage war. Looking forward to listening to the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-18

Everyone should read this book

It’s brilliant with well thought out original ideas leaving you wanting more. I couldn’t stop listening. Number one my book series list