Gleanings – Book Review

Gleanings by Neal Shusterman

The New York Times bestselling Arc of the Scythe series continues with thrilling stories that span the timeline. Storylines continue. Origin stories are revealed. And new Scythes emerge!

There 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.

I don’t read many short stories, but the Arc of the Scythe is one of my all-time favorites series. So I had to check out this collection. It’s been a while since I’ve read the series, but these are all standalone stories. Some mention familiar characters, but it’s not necessary to remember all of the details. Each story is very different – from dark humor to heart-wrenching. The rules of Scythedom and the Thunderhead don’t change. Some Scythes are cruel and some are reluctant. But each is a tale of gripping suspense and exciting twists. Fans of the series will definitely want to pick up this fantastic installment. I can’t get enough of this fascinating, thrilling, and engaging futuristic world.

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