Tag: Neal Shusterman

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Authors:
Neal Shusterman

Jarrod Shusterman
Published: October 2, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 10-17, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.

Until the taps run dry.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

Jessica’s Review:

Between reading Hanna Jameson’s The Last and now Dry and watching ‘Walking Dead’ type shows/movies I now want to stock up on everything and be ready for the end of civilization! Especially water: You cannot live without water after a few days.  Dry has totally freaked me out and I want to be prepared!  Everything about Dry felt real to me. It takes place in southern California (OMG, this happened in the USA!) and the water has run completely out.  The desperation of everyone is captured brilliantly and we see how people become in impossible situations. 

Our protagonists are young adults, so they will come with immaturity, but I was completely drawn into the story! You don’t know what is going to happen and who will die or live.  For a while I thought we were going to have a ‘Mist movie type ending’ and OMG, that would be jaw dropping as it is so realistic and not a happy ending. 

Shusterman does such a wonderful job making you think about things long after you have finished his books.  He continues this with Dry.  Dry has you thinking about what you will do and who will you become when the Tap-Out eventually happens.

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Jessica’s Thoughts on Thunderhead

Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: January 9, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 29-June 14, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

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?

Jessica’s Review:

It is all Kim’s fault that I read Scythe and Thunderhead. It was her review of Scythe that piqued my curiosity of the series.  I listened to both novels on audio and love the narration. My review of Scythe is here.

Thunderhead picks up where Scythe left off and it just keeps the story going. All your favorite scythes as well as hated scythes are back for the continuation and a few more characters become important to the story as Thunderhead continues. There will be a third book in the series (possibly being released next year) titled The Toll and I cannot wait to read it! This is a series where you finish the first book then you MUST have the next book. These books are that addicting. Shusterman has created a fabulous future with the Scythe series that really causes you to ponder and debate.

There are several jaw dropping events that happening and I won’t even begin to go into the climax of the novel other than to say this: I wish I had The Toll  to read now! Shusterman really knows how to keep you hanging and needing more!

Thunderhead is very highly recommended.

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Jessica’s Thoughts on Scythe


Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: November 22, 2016
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 30-May 11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Thou shalt kill.

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.

Jessica’s Review:

I loved Scythe 100% by Neal Shusterman! Thank you to Kim whose review influenced me to want to read it. Her review is here.  I listened to the audiobook and OMG, I wanted to keep driving and not stop!  I can’t say anything negative about Scythe!

Scythe takes place in the future in a world where natural death no longer occurs and the Internet is an all-powerful being called the Thunderhead. All knowledge is acquired and we all have ‘nanites’ in our blood that heal us. If someone does die then they can be revived….. So no one dies…  But you have to wonder: What about overpopulation?!?!?!?  That problem has also been solved and the answer is one word: Scythes.

Scythes are appointed to perform random ‘gleanings’. Gleanings are deaths where one cannot be revived. All first responder type occupations are not to interfere with any Scythe business. There are many rules to gleaning. One of them is the scythe gets to decide the method of the gleaning. And we get to experience various methods of gleaning throughout the novel: from no pain to pure brutality.

You can see where this is going….  Scythe will make you think long after you have finished it.  It will cause serious thought-provoking ethical discussions. I did figure out and suspect a few things that were revealed as twists later on, but it did not cease my enjoyment.

I liked both Citra and Rowan and we see them evolve over the course of the novel as they become apprentices.  I adored Scythe Faraday and really liked Scythe Curie. I look forward to reading the sequel Thunderhead, and then I can bet I will be highly anticipating the third in the series which Goodreads has titled as The Toll. I just need to find Thunderhead on audio!! Neal Shusterman is a genius!!

Scythe is very highly recommended!!

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