I love the scythedom and couldn’t wait to spend more time in Citra and Rowan’s world. This anthology contains twelve short stories and one poem. There’s a bonus story in the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition, which I’ll be reading as soon as it finishes its journey across the ocean to meet me.
There are backstories and glimpses of what happened after The Toll for some characters we already know, as well as introductions to some robes whose colours we haven’t seen before. Some stories are written by Neal Shusterman, while others are collaborations with other authors. The poem is written by Neal’s daughter, Joelle.
After a bit of a shaky start, I began to find stories that enriched what I already know of this world. Of the thirteen gleanings in this collection, I found six favourites, one short of an octave.
In Formidable, Scythe Curie has recently finished her apprenticeship and has not yet become the self assured legend she is when Citra gets to know her after her own apprenticeship.
“The future is unfettered. Long live us all!”
A Death of Many Colours sees scythe deniers being confronted with a little bit too much reality.
“Let’s give you a new perspective.”
Kohl Whitlock’s sister’s reaction to his gleaning takes us to Unsavory Row.
But giving an unsavory parameters was just a dare to break them.
In A Martian Minute, we learn Carson Lusk’s backstory.
Sometimes, when your life is wheels within wheels, you can take a wrong step and get ground up in the slow churn of the gears.
The Mortal Canvas (co-authored by David Yoon) introduces four students who create art under exceptional circumstances.
“From this moment on, no one will ever know what it feels like to be complete.”
I loved learning what became of Citra’s brother, Ben, in Anastasia’s Shadow.
It was hard enough being the brother of Scythe Anastasia. He was constantly being compared to her, and constantly being reminded that he did not compare.
I will always welcome new stories from the scythedom.
Thank you so much to Walker Books Australia for the opportunity to read this book.
Once Upon a Blurb
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.
Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.