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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: Thursday Three Books Coming Out in November

Oh. My. Gosh! There are at least three books that are coming out this month that I’m very excited about! Today’s Thursday Threes are about those books!

 

the starless sea

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

starsight

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

the toll

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

I’ve been waiting for these books for a while! And I’m super excited to be able to read them soon! What books are you waiting for this month? Will you buy them or borrow them from your local library? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is ten authors that are auto-buy for myself. I was actually thinking about this particular subject while contemplating what to do after work. I do have an earlier shift today, so I was thinking that I could go and visit a Barnes and Noble that is farther away from my normal bookstore to see if I could find a copy of Good Omens to buy. I am on the hold list in multiple formats for the two library systems that are near me (yes, I know), but I have so many Neil Gaiman books so far that he’s becoming a auto-buy author for me. Which I didn’t expect to happen, but here we are.

Besides Neil Gaiman, here are my other auto-buy authors:

Brian Jacques

Anne McCaffrey

Brandon Sanderson

Gail Carriger

Neil Gaiman

Neal Shusterman

Robin Sloan

Nina George

Rachel Caine

Marie Brennan

Who are your auto-buy authors? When did you realize they had become your auto-buy authors? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: “Waiting On” The Toll

This is a new book blog meme that I’m going to be trying out. Let me know what you think.

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a book meme that is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and it’s all about the books you are waiting to be published so you can get your hands on them and read them.

For me, today’s “Waiting On” is:

The Toll by Neal Shusterman.

*To be published: November 5, 2019* the toll

From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.

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 have friends at work who are just about drooling (myself included) for this book because of the fricken’ cliffhanger ending! So, super excited for this book to come out.

What’s a book you’re waiting on? What’s got you excited about it? 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!

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Tiny Navajo Rereads: Scythe

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

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*Published November 8, 2017*

scytheI have read this book before and had bought Thunderhead at ALA last year AND I have heard from friends at work that the third one is coming out this fall, so I needed to start reading this series once again! Here we go!

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I think what is so interesting about this story is that dead is still held in the hands of humans. In a world where a utopia has been created, death has been defeated, and everyone is taken care of by an AI called the Thunderhead, death must still happen to keep the world’s population under control. This is where the scythes come in, they are humans who are chosen to apprentice under a current scythe and learn the craft of killing.

Within the scythes, as with all structures run by humans, there are politics and corruption and there seems to be something happening within the Scythedom when Citra and Rowan are tapped for apprenticeship.  As they learn, they learn not only much about themselves, but they learn that the scythes are not infallible; they are as corruptible as humans of old, not held accountable to anyone but themselves. This has started to create a rift between those in the Scythedom that hold to the old laws, and those who call themselves the New Order, those who wish to just kill with wild abandon and glee.

The majority of this book is set-up for the series, which makes sense as it is the first in a series where the world is nearly perfect in a almost happy way. It’s also a good look into what human nature is. In a world where you are completely taken care of, you don’t have to work if you don’t want to, you don’t have to worry about providing for your family, you can literally sit at home all day should you so desire; what would you do? Who would you become?

I honestly don’t know what I would do. I would like to think that I would still be who I am now. But I may not feel as pressured to figure out what I want to do. I’m inclined to be lazy and unmotivated when I don’t have something to do or work towards. But in this world of peace and tranquility, you can still work towards something, if you so desire.

So, if in a perfect world, what would you do? Would you strive for a goal in a world where you are completely taken care of? Comment below and let me know!