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YA Review: Gleanings by Neal Shusterman

Title: Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Year published: 2022
Category: UA fiction (dystopian)
Pages: 432 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)World

SummaryThere are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.

Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman—returns to the world throughout the timeline of the Arc of a Scythe series. Discover secrets and histories of characters you’ve followed for three volumes and meet new heroes, new foes, and some figures in between.

Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.

Review: Oh Mr Shusterman. What a genius. This series (see my reviews for Scythe, Thunderhead, and Toll) is one of only a small number that I have read through to the end. 

I realize that, as is my usual MO, I didn't read the description of this book until I was done. I went in thinking it was a continuation of the other three books, but was delighted when I learned that we would read about beloved characters and learn more about them, their pasts, and how their world came to be.

I enjoyed every one of these stories that were narrated by a variety of people, making the audio book even more appealing. The author himself read a number of them, which is always fun. I don't have a lot to say about this book except that I liked the way the stories rounded out the previous three books, filled in gaps in personality and storyline, and expanded on the world of the books in general. If you enjoyed this series, I highly recommend reading Gleanings.

Challenges for which this counts:
  • PopSugar--protagonist uses a mobility aid (a Scythe with a walking stick)

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