January was a pretty uneventful month in terms of how many books I’ve read with a measly 2; however, these two books were pretty amazing, so I think they’re worth writing a post about. As a little side note, my favorite genre of books is Young Adult, particularly young adult fantasy, but I do like going out of my comfort zone, as these books clearly show. So, I wanted to say that if you want a review on any book (young adult fantasy or not), just comment down below or send me a message through my contact form, which you can locate here.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Summary: 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.
This book is so amazingly good!! Like words can’t describe it. It’s still set on Earth, but the world or the life which Shusterman creates is so interesting, complex, and so refreshingly original, I read the book in like a day. I absolutely loved the ideas explored in this book. He raises questions about humanity and the corrupting aspect of human nature, but he does it in a way that it’s not boring. This book is more plot driven than character driven, but I’m hoping he builds more on the characters of Citra and Rowan in his next books in the series (which I’m super excited about). I wouldn’t consider this world as dystopian since it’s described almost as a utopia actually; it is in the future where human development has progressed very far, but in doing so, raises other points of conflict within that type world. This is a definite read for anyone who likes futuristic, fantasy, science ficition-esqe type books.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:
Summary: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
I bought this book when it just came out, which was in 2015, but it has been sitting on my shelf for the whole year without me even touching it. That’s because I don’t really like contemporary books (I read a lot of fantasy novels), but I just decided to read this this month because I didn’t really have anything else to read, but let me tell you, this book killed me. Like this book was amazing and funny and heartbreaking and I absolutely love the main characters, especially Finch. This book is a contemporary novel that shows the harsh realities of mental illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder, etc. and the messages Niven portrays about suicide and mental illness within the book is, in my opinion, extremely important, and I think everyone should read it. If you like books written by Rainbow Rowelll (like her novel, Eleanor and Park) and John Green novels, you should definitely check this book out.
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