Tiny Navajo Reads: The Toll

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February 19, 2020 by TinyNavajo

I know, I know…I didn’t have a post last Friday and I didn’t have a post yesterday either. And you guys most likely haven’t really noticed, but I notice and it bothers me, that’s what I do apologize. I will try to do better, but these next few weeks may be a bit more hectic than usual and so I may not always be able to get posts out on time. But I will do my absolute best to have posts out for you guys and for my own sanity. Now, onto the reivew!

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

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*Published November 5, 2019*

the tollI was so so EXCITED to hear the release date for this book last year would be November; my friends and I had been waiting for a while to get the release date, especially after the ending of Thunderhead. Myself and several of my friends at work put ourselves on the waitlist for it so we could read it as soon as humanly possible. And so did everyone else in the service area, so I ended up quite a ways done the list. Once I got my hands on this book though, OH! SO GOOD!!!

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.

I know, one of the smallest blurbs I have ever seen for a book, but that made me even more excited, because what has happened since the ending of the final book. What has happened that would be considered spoiled if talked about in the blurb? What happened?!?!?!

I had to read to find out, and oh my goodness! We have jumped three years since the disappearnce of Rowan and Citra and the sinking of island of Scythes. Scythe Farraday and his assistant have made their way to a very lonely set of islands called an atoll, to find out what was hidden there from the Thunderhead and the modern scythes.

Scythe Goddard is seeking, as all power hungry individuals do, to expand his power and influence to create a world that he believes to be the only true version of the world. With his new body (seriously super creepy when you think about it) and the lack of impulse control it has, it can lead to some very dangerous decisions and rash actions that the previous version of Goddard may have not let happen.

What I think truly stands out about this book is all the complexity of the storylines that are being written and how they are all interwoven. You can see how what happens in one storyline can and does effect what happens in another. The fact that Grayson Tolliver is the only one the Thunderhead still speaks to makes it hard for the rest of humanity to learn how to deal with everyday life. And this effects what happens at the atoll that Scythe Farraday is on. You can see the cause and effect of every storyline on each storyline. I can barely keep track on storylines when I’m reading, let alone trying to do that while writing. Neal Shusterman is a wizard for reasons like this!

But my one small complaint about the final book is that we didn’t get a lot of Citra and Rowan together. That is what pulled the first book along so well, and we still had some hints of it in the second book, but this third book, we didn’t see them together until the end. Granted, the end is where all the action is and that’s where I enjoyed the book the most, just wanted a little more Rowan and Citra. But if I had gotten it, I don’t think the story would have worked as well. Personal opinion, so this is the best possible way for this series to end.

What do you think of the final books in series? Do they wrap up the series in a way you desire, or do you wish something had been done differently with the final book? Comment below and let me know!


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