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.
For some reason, I have a fascination with books like this. I'm actually really glad I picked this one up, because although it's very different than some other books with similar concepts, it's still very good.
It seems as if Citra and Rowan are living normal lives for that time, until they are taken to be trained by a scythe. No one really wants to be "gleaned" (what they call taking lives), however if the person resists their family is in danger, which is kind of sad. People who have never known death being forced to face it. The kids' trainer dies (SPOILER) not really though. And because some scythes took up their apprenticeship, they still must be forced to dual to the death once the training is complete.
I honestly really loved this book and would really recommend it.
My Rating: 5 stars