Friday, February 28, 2020

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

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Published: November 5, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 625

Synopsis: 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 Greyson 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.

Thoughts: Well my friends, that was probably one of the most satisfying trilogies I have ever read. While I think I liked Thunderhead, the second book in the trilogy, the most, I still highly enjoyed this one. It's a complicated story, with a lot of different threads that Shusterman has to bring together. I felt like after I got to the end, I kind of let out a sigh of yes, thank you, that was just the right ending.

The title, The Toll, has so many meanings in relation to this story. Greyson's last name of Tolliver, The Toll figurehead itself, and the whole tonist connection. But, also the toll that must be paid for people's actions, which is basically what this book is about in many ways. Very clever, sir, very clever.

It's a very timely story, this book in particular out of all three feels very relevant to today's society and all of the dissension and power-hungriness that is currently permeating the world, and this country in particular. In some ways the book felt more about the overall story than the story of the individual characters, and while usually I wouldn't like that, here it felt like it worked.

Also, even though this book was longer than the last one I read, I read it in about half the time. So that just goes to show if I like a book, I really can read it faster, ha!

I would definitely highly recommend this trilogy. I feel like eventually it will be made into a movie or a TV show, it could very easily translate in that direction.

Rating: 4.5/5

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  1. I'm hoping to get to this series sometime this year. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for the review!

    1. Hope you enjoy it once you can get to it!