Every now and again, a writer comes along that not only entertains his/her reader, but make them think, perhaps about the world around them, or their place in it. That's what Shusterman has done with every book of his that I have read (I plan to read them all, just give me time, people😁). There are only a few books that I've read in my life that have had me looking at humanity differently, and have shaken me to the core with the realization that it is capable of both terrible and glorious things if it is given the opportunity.
Let's hope it's the latter, shall we?
In Scythe, we are presented with a question: what would it really mean to conquer mortality? In the universe Shusterman has given us, humanity has done just that. But there's a twist: in order to establish population control so the planet doesn't get overrun, people still have to die. Who gets to decide who the unlucky ones will be? The Scythes, a special order of people who have been trained in the art of taking life, and choosing whose to take in the first place. Of course, with that kind of power, there are individuals who abuse it, and our main characters, Citra and Rowen, have to navigate their way through a corrupt system in order to survive.
If you can pick only one more book to read this summer, pick this one. Like the Unwind series, you will find yourself thinking about it long after the cover is closed.
Oh, and did I mention that Universal Pictures is making it into a movie? You'll catch me there for sure, first in line.