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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Toll

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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Tiny Navajo Reads: Thunderhead

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman

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*Published January 9, 2018*

thunderheadThis is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series and it is so good! It dives in roughly a year after Citra received her ring and Rowan has gone rogue, going after scythes that don’t uphold the commandments and seek to emulate the late Scythe Goddard.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

There was a lot of politics in this book, more than in the last one. Citra, now Scythe Anastasia, junior Scythe to Scythe Curie, seeks to change the scythedom to prevent what Rowan went through and scythes seeking to take advantage of their killing abilities to manipulate their position in life. It’s not going quite as she would like or expect, except for the fact that she has some sway within the MidMerica scythedom, something she doesn’t want.

As Citra/Anastasia works toward changing the scythedom from the inside, and Rowan/Scythe Lucifer works on changing it from the outside, there’s a lot more going on. A lot more is seen by the Thunderhead, and while it cannot actively interfere with the matters of scythes, it does see all that they do. Information that cannot be conveyed from the Thunderhead to the scythedom in anyway, as that would be interfering with the scythedom in someway.

There are always going to be different ways to try and change the ways government, but there will be ways that will not work and there will be ways that will. And sometimes, the government will just be dissolved by those who do not agree. Trying to work with those who do not share your worldview can be tiring and it will  feel as though it’s not worth the effort. This book also shows that human flaws will be perpetuated into perpetuity because don’t change much as people by simple number alone. But by actively trying to do better and be better, we have a chance to change the world to the world we actually want it to be.

What are some things you are working on changing? What do you do when you have to work with someone with a very different perspective than you? Comment below and let me know!

P.S. Also, the cover and title reveal for the third book came out! It’s called The Toll and it’s cover is beautiful!