Why this book?
Scythe has some of the most fantastic world-building in a dystopian that I’ve read. The story is told by switching back and forth between two main characters, one male, Rowan, and one female, Citra, which adds depth to the story without getting too confusing. *I’m looking at you Six of Crows.*
Society has reached the point where no one dies from natural causes anymore, and people can live indefinitely. Scythes have been tasked with killing people at random to keep the population somewhat in check. When Citra and Rowan are selected to study and learn under a famous scythe, the moral dilemmas that follow are both thought-provoking and entertaining. Scythe is the first book I’ve read that addresses the universal problem of our impending deaths with this beautiful balance of respect and humor.