Review | The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

“So, if you’re asking me if it’s possible for you to make errors in judgement, the answer is yes. You make errors all the time… as does every other human being who has ever lived. Error is an intrinsic part of the human condition – and it is something I deeply love about humankind.” 5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: mass gleanings, vaults, revivals, midnight cravings, broadcasts, islands, blind spots, bunkers, diamonds, automatic cars, earpieces, ex nimbo agents, rockets, deleted iterations and sweet reencounters.

Neal Shusterman sure knows how to end a series… wow, what a ride! I honestly can’t believe no one made a movie out of this series yet! Seriously, why is everyone sleeping on this?

Looking back and comparing the first book to last book, this one is very different. In the first book you are introduced to the two main characters and even though it’s a dystopia, the entire book still has a very normal/human vibe – sorry, I don’t know how else to describe it -, and in this one the science-fiction aspect is very strong and there are a lot of technologic and A.I. elements to it. I honestly would have never guessed how this series would develop because the story was always changing direction and was overall very unpredictable. For me that was a good thing because it kept me interested and wondering on what would happen next.

I confess I was really curious to know how the author would follow up the second book’s cliffhanger – because boy on boy… that ending was intense to say the least – and I was not disappointed with the outcome. The story progressed in a different direction that I expected and the two main characters were kind of left in the background for this one, but I didn’t mind that.

In contrast with the first book and second book where there were passages from the scythes diaries and thoughts from the thunderhead respectively, in this one we get passages from thunderhead’s iterations – can’t talk too much about that too because I don’t want to spoil anything! But it was an amazing and genius addition to the book.

And that ending… wow. For those who read the book will understand when I say: I can’t believe he waited all that time… the ending was beautiful.

The funniest thing for me is that I’m not a science-fiction fan, but I can say without a doubt that this was one of the best series I’ve read not only this year, but ever. Highly recommend it if you never picked it up, it’s completely worth it!

xoxo, Neide

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