Recommended For: 13+
Themes: Life and death, good and evil family relationships, friendship
LGBTQIA+ Content: None
I was completely on board with this idea at the start. I thought it was clever, intriguing, and totally unique. In a future where we no longer have mortality, how can the world survive if the human population isn’t kept in check?
The idea of scythes – not reapers – dealing death in quotas was unnervingly believable. If no-one dies a natural death, of course gleanings must happen. Dealing death becomes the world’s most feared and most prestigious position.
That being said, there were elements that brought my rating down. While the ideas were excellent, the execution was sub-par. The writing lacked much flair, and there were a lot of filter words like “he saw” or “she felt.” It kept a sense of distance between myself as the reader as well as the character.
There was also an awkward Forced Heterosexual Attraction that really didn’t need to be there. That, along with much of the characterisation, was undeveloped and lacking.
That being said, will I read the next book in the series? You’re damn right I will. The uniqueness of the idea make a up for a lot of other failings.
No LGBTQIA+ content, sadly.
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