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review 2018-11-30 22:20
Better than the first time!!!
Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Actually this one was a reread for me, to get me ready to start the next book.

The book is better than I remember it, and that makes me happy 

Why does that make me feel happy? Because I already know I loved it, but I forgot how much, until I read it again. I freaking love both Citra, and especially Rowan. My other review is up still, so I am not going to do another full review. I am so excited to start Thunder head, sometime before the middle of the month, so you'll find out what I feel about the book pretty soon. 

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text 2018-11-30 11:30
Blog Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! Scythe (Dimension Drift Prequels #1) Christina Bauer!

 

 

http://xpressobooktours.com/

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Scythe 
by Christina Bauer 
(Dimension Drift Worlds, #1) 
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult


Synopsis:


“Fans of A Wrinkle in Time can’t missDimension Drift!” – Christina Trevaskis, The Book Matchmaker

 


Truth time. I go to a Learning Squirrel High School. Don’t judge.


On second thought, judge away. Learning Squirrel is one step above attending class in a junkyard. But what do you expect? Everything’s made out of garbage these days. At least, I have my freelance work to keep Mom and me housed, clothed, and fed. How? I’m your regular high school science geek for hire, except my work manipulates space-time. The good news is that these gigs pay really well; the bad news is that the government likes to kill people like me. Whatever. I’m not worried; hiding from their detection systems is easy for me.


Then I screw up one of my illegal projects. Badly.


In fact, things go so sideways that my house slips into two-dimensional space-time. The shift only lasts for a few seconds, but that’s long enough to set off a dozen government alarms. If those goons track me down, Mom and I are as good as dead. Long story short, I need to pay someone off, hide the evidence, and keep us safe.


Unfortunately, that means asking the Scythe for help. He runs the local underground crime scene and has absolutely no conscience…Or at least, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. It’s hard to think straight when a guy’s that hot in an ‘evil Mafioso kingpin’ kind of way. Most importantly, the Scythe is a crime lord who can conceal my slip-up with a few clicks on his minion’s computer keyboards. But the man has his price. In this case, the Scythe wants me to finish a certain dimensional prototype for him in twenty-four hours. I can do it, but it might mean Learning Squirrel High gets blown up in the process. Oh yes, and there’s also my new hot classmate who may or may not be an alien…and he says he’ll do anything to help me.


This job won’t be easy, but I’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Maybe.

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41041614-scythe

 


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DzPAT9

 

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scythe-christina-bauer/1129207092;jsessionid=09EA18A4D862491858BB810E2E32A334.prodny_store02-atgap02?ean=9781945723049


iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dimension-drift-prequel/id1148820827?mt=11


Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/dimension-drift-prequel


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Bauer_Dimension_Drift?id=f-XqDAAAQBAJ

 

 


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"Top 10 On Your Bucket List"
By Christina Bauer

 

 

As part of the launch tour for my new book, SCYTHE, the lovely folks at Stormy Vixen's Book Reviews have asked me to list the top 10 items on my bucket list. So without further ado, here goes!

 

10. See the Pyramids of Egypt. Since pyramids are cool.


9. Write 100 books. Just because I can. Maybe.


8. Eat my weight in pizza (I may have already reached this one)


7. Have a sandwich named after me (more food stuff, yeah!)


6. Never watch the movie Bucket List


5. Bring Huzzah back as a catch phrase


4. Get free spa treatments for life


3. Never go on a cruise (I watched too much Love Boat as a kid, which ruined this for me. Remember the episode with Ernest Borgnine? Yeah, that sucked.)


2. Tell those meddling kids to get off my lawn


1. Grow gray hair down to my waist, wear long white dresses, and have children call me Mrs B (that’s really three things but I got inspired)

 

 

Thanks for having me stop by! I hope to see you on a future tour!

 

 

Thanks for joining me here today, Christina! I really enjoyed your bucket list as dare I say...that I wish my bucket list was half as cool as yours! See you again, soon!

 

 

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(this giveaway is set up and managed by author, not Xpresso Book Tours)

 

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

 

A paperback copy of Scythe & more!

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f7ec85e723/

 

 


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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

 

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. 

 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

 

 

 

Stalk Christina On Social Media – She Loves It!

 

Blog: http://monsterhousebooks.com/blog/category/christina

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorBauer/

 

Twitter: @CB_Bauer

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christina_cb_bauer/

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-bauer-481b12139/

 

Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer

 

 

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http://xpressobooktours.com

 

THANKS FOR VISITING!

 

 

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review 2018-06-11 11:39
3/5. "Scythe" by Neal Shusterman
Scythe - Neal Shusterman

It’s so far in the future that humanity has stopped counting the years. Immortality has been perfected by a benevolent, omnipotent AI called “The Thunderhead”, who runs the planet with a quiet purpose. All of the wisdom and experiences of humanity are stored online. Any question and any moral problem can be solved instantly. All injuries – even jumping or falling from a great height – can be repaired in a few days.

The main problem with all this immortality is a simple one: Population control. The space program has literally crashed and burned and earth is all the room we have. Rather than enacting a policy of restricting childbirth, humanity comes to a different conclusion: Random, society-supported murders. But because murder is such a loaded word, these people are gleaned, picked from society and discarded. For the good of the many, the few have to die.

Most of those chosen to do this murd…gleaning – The Scythes - see it as a high calling, the ultimate public service. They go about their business as if in a holy order. They live as simply as monks, taking only what they need. They kill with compassion, granting the gleaned and their families’ dignity in death.

Then there are those that enjoy the kill, the ones who are nothing less than psychopathic in their slaughter. These are the ones who consider themselves Nietzschean Ubermensch, supermen above normal men.

And the amount of killing is extraordinary: Scythes are required to kill five people a week on average, year in and year out – for eternity. All of the Scythes find different ways to live with themselves for what is nothing more than an endless parade of murder. Pulled into this world are Rowan and Citra, teenagers who caught the attention of the Scythe Faraday and are taken as his apprentices.

I made a major mistake before I started this book: I went and looked at the sequel. There, in the first sentence of the teaser, is the basic plot for this one. (Note to future self: DO NOT DO THIS.) Also, some things early on bounced me out of the story, and I found it hard to settle back in to it for a few hundred pages.

An example: Rowan is holding the hand of a character about to be gleaned. The gleaning character is fibrillated with a massive electric shock, killing them instantly. Rowan is thrown across the room. It’s a minor point, but electrocuted muscles grip, they don’t unlock. He should be as dead as the gleaned. And we’re told again and again that the repairing nanites in everyone’s bloodstream get to work immediately on any injury. Wouldn’t they restart the gleaned characters heart?

It bugged me, and bounced me out of the story for a long time. I kept looking for other errors in the world Shusterman creates. I found it hard to believe, for instance, that humanity has lost all of its curiosity and any sense of adventure, enough that they can’t be bothered with a space program after it failed. Really? An all-knowing AI that can’t work out a space program? A group of guys (and women) did it with pen and paper in the 1960s. And I believe curiosity is hard wired into us as much as the ability to judge distances.

Secondary to that was the fact that the Rowan and Citra were so damn boring and two dimensional. At an early instance, we’re told about Citra’s quick temper, not shown it. The two of them had no chemistry, and didn’t even fight with each other particularly well. They are supposed to have bonded and fallen in love, but there wasn’t a spark between them, of love or hate. They are only surfaces everyone else reflects from. There was little inner life or conflict going on.

So for the first two hundred pages or so, I was reading with no sense of narrative tension. I knew how it was going to come out, after all. No surprises…until there was a sudden screaming right turn and the story shot off into an entirely new direction.

Suddenly it started to get more interesting. Rowan and Citra are split up: Rowan is sent to the brutal psychopath Goddard and Citra studies under another legendary scythe named Curie. Their training takes very different paths and they split until the climax of the story.

And the reason is got more interesting is because in some ways, Rowan and Citra aren’t the central characters in the story anymore. I was much more interested in Scythe Curie, Apprentice Volta and Scythe Goddard. In fact, every character in the story is better developed than Rowan and Citra. Even the people being gleaned were more interesting.

Despite the minor early niggles and poor main characters, Shusterman creates for the most part an entirely logical world that you know would work. It’s a very different world and morality from ours, this post-AI place, but you know it would work.

I don't usually comment on book covers, but the first edition paperback one is great. I love the 1930s red and cream feel of it, like a World War Two propaganda poster.

Humanity is supposed to have put aside its squabbles over politics, but it’s very much alive in the meetings of the Scythes. State sponsored psychopaths are free to murder or save who they choose (and take their mansions) with impunity, as they once did in Nazi Germany.

Most disturbing is watching Rowan’s humanity being destroyed by his brainwashing under Goddard, until little of him remains. How thin that thread of compassion is and how easily we can allow it to snap.

Humanity has moved on, but it still seems it has a dark heart, and a long way to go.

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review 2018-05-06 20:56
Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Definitely my favorite book I've read in 2017... Can't wait for Thunderhead!!!


UPDATE:

Still my favorite book. I loved this as much as I did reading in the fist time. If you haven't read this yet, read it. It is such an amazing book, with amazing writing! :D

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review 2018-04-30 07:30
Der Zorn der Gerechten
Scythe - Der Zorn der Gerechten - Kristian Lutze,Neal Shusterman,Pauline Kurbasik

Citra ist jetzt eine Scythe. Sie ist ein moderner Sensenmann, der entscheidet, wann das ewige Leben zu Ende geht. Obwohl diese Berufung an sich schon schwierig zu bewältigen ist, treten immer mehr skrupellose Scythe aus den Reihen hervor, um die Regeln der alten Ordnung auf den Kopf zu stellen. Ein tödlicher Machtkampf beginnt.

"Scythe. Der Zorn der Gerechten" ist der 2. Band von Neal Shustermans Scythe-Trilogie. Basis dieser dystopischen Reihe ist die Vervollkommnung menschlichen Lebens. Die Menschheit verfügt über umfassendes Wissen, massivem Wohlstand und Unsterblichkeit - wenn die Gefahr der Überbevölkerung nicht wäre. Hier treten die Scythe ihre Berufung an, indem sie entscheiden, wann jemand zu gehen hat.

In diesem Band nimmt das Scythethum politische Züge an. Es geht um Macht, um Korrumpierbarkeit und umtriebige Machenschaften. Die Scythe der neuen Ordnung stellen sich gegen die Scythe der alten Garde und kämpfen darum, wer die Regeln bestimmt. Damit ist Shusterman erneut sehr aktuell, weil er genauso Terrorismus, Bürokratie und Intrigen reinspielen lässt, und seine Leser erneut in Staunen versetzt! 

Natürlich trifft man in dieser Fortsetzung alte Bekannte aus dem ersten Teil wieder. Dennoch darf man sich nicht erwarten, dass nach Schema F gehandelt wird. 

Citra tritt ihre Stellung als Scythe Anastasia an. Anfangs war es für sie noch ungewohnt sich ihrem neuen Leben zu fügen. Immerhin ist sie binnen eines Jahres vom normalen Mädchen zum Scythe-Lehrling und mittlerweile zum Junior-Scythe geworden. Nach und nach lebt sie sich ein, identifiziert sich mit dem Scythetum, vertraut auf die Prinzipien der alten Garde und weiß daher, wofür sie zu kämpfen hat.

Auch Rowan erscheint auf der Bühne. Im ersten Band hat er gemeinsam mit Citra seine Lehre angetreten, jedoch wurde ihm die Ehre ein Scythe zu sein verwehrt. Rowan stellt sich gegen die neue Ordnung der Scythes und will ihnen zeigen, was Moral zu bedeuten hat.

Zudem führt Shusterman etliche neue Figuren in die Handlung ein, die es noch spannender machen. Es gibt unter anderem Greyson, der vom Thunderhead erwählt wurde, etwas Besonderes zu sein, Scythe Constantin, der die Rolle des Ermittlers innerhalb des Scythetums übernimmt wie auch den weiblichen Widerling Purity, der Greyson den Kopf furchtbar verdreht. 

Viele neue Namen, unterschiedliche Perspektiven und eine Handlung, die von Anfang bis Ende nur packen kann! Shustermans sadistische Ader kommt auf jeder Seite durch, er lässt seine Figuren unglaubliches erleben, nur um ihnen erst recht den Boden unter den Füßen wegzuziehen. 

Außerdem geht der Autor durch die Augen des Thunderheads philosophische Fragen an, die nicht nur die Spannung anheizen sondern laufend einen Denkanstoß bieten. Der Thunderhead ist das System, das die Welt in ihrer Perfektion am Leben hält. Vom Menschen erschaffen, ist er grundsätzlich nur ein Computerprogramm, das aber selbst zu denken begann und für seine Schützlinge nur das Beste will. 

Gerade die Thunderhead-Passagen gefallen mir besonders gut, weil sie Fragen aufwerfen und zusätzliche Blickwinkel ermöglichen. Shusterman spielt hier mit Moral, religiösen Vorstellungen und regt zum Nachdenken an: Brauchen wir den Tod, um Freude am Leben zu haben? Können wir nur gut sein, wenn das Böse zutage tritt? Oder kann es sein, dass sich die Menschheit durch die eigene Technologie selbst erschaffen hat? 

Hoch intelligent, erzählerisch kreativ und mit einem unerschöpflichen Ideenreichtum, lässt der Autor weder Leser noch Figuren zur Ruhe kommen und spannt den Bogen mit jeder Seite etwas mehr. 

Fesselnd und zum Bersten spannend endet dieser zweite Teil in einem grandiosen Finale, dessen Fortsetzung ich kaum erwarten kann! 

 
Die Trilogie:
1) Scythe. Die Hüter des Todes
2) Scythe. Der Zorn der Gerechten
3) unbekannt
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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