The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Review)

Format: Paperback

Source: Library

Publisher: Walker Books

Genres: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Fantasy

Publication Date: 5th November 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

After reading the first two books in the series I was super excited to pick up this final book in the series. However, having finished the book, I’m honestly confused as to what happened with this book. The Toll wasn’t a bad book, but compared to the first two in the series I was left a little underwhelmed and somewhat disappointed.

The Toll wraps the whole series nicely, but I found this one to be a little slower, with a little too much going on with the storyline all at once, which was also made confusing with the constant jumping backwards and forwards of timelines. This would have been less of a problem for me if the jumping in timelines was made clearer with some sort of indication that there was going to be a change.  Another thing I found was that the main characters Citra and Rowan were more absent in this book, which I found disappointing as I was really enjoying following their development through the series. 

In The Toll we are introduced to quite a few new characters and although I liked them I did feel they lacked development. Saying that I did like the fact that some of the old characters that we met in the previous books briefly reappear and some of the questions I had about them at the end of the both books were answered. 

On its own, The Toll was a good read but one that didn’t blow me away, the way I was expecting it to, but as I said it did tie the series up pretty well even though I thought it could have been much shorter. As a whole I loved this series, and would be happy to recommend to anyone looking for a unique storyline and variety of interesting characters. 

My Rating


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