Sometimes, I read a book because the reviews say I have to. Those books sit a little longer on the end table. I pick them up with a sigh.
Such was Scythe, Neal Shusterman's latest effort, and the beginning of a series?, trilogy?. We'll see.
The subject matter is state sanctioned killing to deal with the problem of immortality. Two young people are chosen by a sober and morally upright "scythe" to be his apprentices. One will become a scythe - immortal, untouchable, feared and revered. The other can return to his or her life.
Then, at a meeting of all the scythes in MidMerica, their apprenticeship is challenged because no one has ever taken two apprentices at the same time. The challenger offers a solution. The apprentice chosen to become a scythe must glean (kill) the one not chosen.
Yeah. You see my dilemma. I am not all that fond of violence and murder even when "necessary".
I read it.
It is MASTERFUL. If you want suspense, this is the book for you. I warn you that the first third moves a little slowly. Then - POW! -. Nuff said.