Review: The Toll

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The Toll

By: Neal Shusterman

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

4-stars

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy

Page Count: 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 Grayson 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.

The first part of this review will be spoiler free

This final chapter in the Scythe saga definitely delivered. This story is so unique and engaging, and after the cliff hanger at the end of the last book, I knew this one would be quite the rollercoaster. Right from the start, there was some really interesting time jumps as we learn what happened in the three years since Citra and Rowan “died”. I really liked the different POVs and time periods. It took a little while to understand that not everything was happening at the same time, but once I got that I really started to get into the story.

This book definitely took a turn I wasn’t expecting! I loved that the ending was a mystery, not just from the readers, but from most of the characters as well. It added a level of intrigue to the story, which helped to set this book apart from the others in the series. It didn’t feel repetitive or anything, which is always a risk with series.

I love both Rowan and Citra, and though I am sad we didn’t get a lot of time with both of them together, I loved seeing their different journeys. Though I loved the ending of this story, I kind of wish a could get like an epilogue novella, just to see how everyone ended up (if you read the book you will deficiently know what I mean).

 

***SPOILERS***

 

So I kind of alluded to this above, but Citra and Rowan don’t see each other until pretty much the last chapter of the book. This was pretty frustrating since I had been rooting for them since book 1, but honestly I get it, at the end of the day this is not a romance story. They do reunite in the end, and I love that Citra gives up being a Scythe and that they end up going to the new planet together. It’s incredibly sweet that Rowan decides to stay alive for the whole 100+ years and only turn the corner once, when they get there to be with her again.

I wish I could get to see more of their reunion, and their time on that new world together. I also think that Greyson’s character arc was really well written and I think him and Jerico are such a great match together, and again I wish I could get a whole book just of their sea adventures together!

 

Have you guys read this book? let me know your thoughts down in the comments!

 


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