Books from the Backlog #164

Posted May 20, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 28 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #164Scythe by Neal Shusterman
ISBN: 9781442472426
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 22, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Science Fiction, Social Themes, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 435
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Audible | B&N | Kobo

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 bestselling Unwind dystology.

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.

Why did I add Scythe to my bookshelf?

I feel like I added this trilogy to my shelf because it was everywhere and everyone seemed to be loving it. Of course, I didn’t want to miss out on the fun so I bought copies for my shelf and even picked up copies of the audiobooks since I would probably find it easier to work in that way. I do think that I would like the trilogy and like the fact that all the books have been released so I can finish it quickly instead of having to wait a year between books. I will get to this one someday.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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28 responses to “Books from the Backlog #164

  1. I didn’t get to this series right away either. I saw that it was getting fab reviews and I was interested, but just couldn’t fit it in. Hopefully, you’ll love it when you get the chance.

  2. My kid raves about this book. She got her bookclub to read it, and they all continued the series. She actually waxes poetic about how genius it is

  3. Really enjoyed this one, but I haven’t had the chance to read the next two books. I think I also downloaded the audio to help me. One of these days.

    • I have collected so many books over the years because they were on sale. I will never be able read them all.

    • Yes, it is great to be able to read the whole series in short order. My memory isn’t what it once was so long breaks between installments can be hard.

  4. This one looks so familiar but I can remember what I’ve heard about it. I hope you really enjoy it when you do get a chance to pick it up!