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Author: Neal Shusterman
Book Series: Arc of a Scythe Book 2
Diversity: Black MC
Recommended For…: young adult readers, dystopian, sci-fi, morality
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Genre: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi
Age Relevance: 16+ (violence, death, gore, cursing, suicide, racism, sexual content, animal violence)
Explanation of Above: There is some physical and weapons violence and a lot of gore. There are suicides shown in the book and mentioned. There is some slight sexual content mentioned. There is animal violence with shark attacks. There is death (of course). There is some slight cursing and racism shown and mentioned.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?
Review: I really liked this book! I think this is one of my favorite series and I love how Neal is able to pack so much into one book and have it all tie up neatly by the end, especially in how he is able to introduce new characters off the cuff and make a whole developed backstory/arc for them in the sum of a couple of chapters. The book is also fairly forgiving if you’ve space out this one and book 1 in your reading. The book is multi-POV and talks a lot about morality and ethics. I also loved the character development for all characters involved and the world building was well done.
However, I think the book could have reintroduced the reader to the series a bit better to make the transition easier.
Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend!