It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Book:
Shusterman examines a world in which technology has reached its pinnacle, to the point of government being all but obsolete and medicine conquering pain, illness, and even death itself. People may now choose to “turn the corner,” reset their lives, and be as young as 20 again–and they can presumably do it forever.
Because colonizing the moon and other planets has failed, the earth would be subject to overpopulation if not for the Scythedom. It’s guild of sorts that functions completely outside of the Thunderhead, the technological “cloud” that takes care of everything else. Scythes are charged with the task of “gleaning” a set number of people every year, answering only to the rest of the Scythedom. Different scythes adopt different methods of gleaning and choosing whom to glean. Main characters Citra and Rowan are selected as reluctant apprentices to Scythe Faraday. As they learn the commandments of the Scythedom and the art and skill of gleaning, they soon find themselves caught in the middle of a controversy over the old and news ways of being a Scythe and also in danger of losing their lives or their humanity.
Once again Shusterman has created a novel that will keep the reader thinking long after the last page has been turned. I was definitely struck by the idea that no matter how many other challenges, circumstances, and differences this future world took out of the equation, there were still individuals driven to do selfish, evil acts. And in turn, there are always individuals who will stand up to them. It is going to be a long wait for the next book in the series, but I will definitely be coming back to think on this one again and again.