An awesome beginning to the “Arc of a Scythe” series by Neal Shusterman who has shown his brilliance in many such thrilling series in the past. We are introduced to two teenagers who are busy in learning the art of killing that seems to be their sole purpose of life as they think of nothing else.
The world has turned into a utopia when we meet the two Scythes who are trained to maintain the balance in the world as no one dies of diseases, hunger or war anymore in this utopia that man has established but still there is one thing that it has failed to curtail and that is overpopulation, the continuous increase in the world’s population that always hangs as a threat for the balance of this utopia.
Citra and Rowan are the two selected students who must learn how to take life so that they can a lot of death to as many people as needed for the equilibrium. The two don’t like the role but they are left with no choice at all because if they fail to master that particular skill they themselves would be eradicated from the face of the world forever, thus it’s a do or die situation for both the kids.
The story can be read along with books like Unwind and Full Tilt in which the author has presented the same sort of thrilling scenes, though the plot and the themes are a bit different, the sensation and the story development is of the same sort. The narration by Grey Tremblay starts off slowly but then kicks well when the thrilling scenes take place, the intensity in the scenes are also well narrated by the narrator.