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The Toll

(Arc of a Scythe #3)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  8,875 ratings  ·  1,999 reviews
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 Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.
Hardcover, 627 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Emma Giordano
Jan 25, 2019 is currently reading it
um hello where is this book??????????

(y'all i posted this in january, i know when the book is coming out now lol)
Miranda Reads
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year.
Now you know that this one made the cut, check out my video review to see the others!
ok. Looks like they are REALLY serious about no spoilers... so I'll just say - this was everything.

Literally blown away, socks knocked off.


My Review- now that the book is out
...can’t see why I should concern myself with humankind at all.
Rowan and Citra were last seen three years ago, at the sinking of the Scythe
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Edited 10/10/19:
neal, why?

(full review to come)


The Toll?

......The [Greyson] Toll-iver.

Mar 12, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: added-2018-tbr
It says November 5, 2019! (Is that new/ish?!)


Neal Shusterman announced on March 18 on Twitter: "I am thrilled to announce that I just completed THE TOLL!!"

I didn't notice there was a title now! Woah.... *fangirls*

In the meantime, here's an interview I found from January:

"Book three, currently entitled The Toll, takes place a few years after Thunderhead. The world has changed in ways that follow from what happens at the end of Thunderhead. Greyson becomes a very
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can hear Door’s lyrics playing in my head. “ This is the end my beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend”

All the good things need to end at someday. Even SPN after 15 freaking crazy ride seasons later has to end. This is the second emotional thing I had to endure. First one is saying goodbye to Winchester brothers and the second one is finishing this book, waving at those beautiful characters.

So I’m giving my full five gazillion shiny stars for the love of Scythedom, Rowan, Citra,
the best thing about this book is the storytelling/writing. without a doubt.

shusterman is a genius with how he weaves each of the characters, old and new, having their paths flirt with each other until they finally intertwine. there are so many moving parts to the conclusion of this series that it feels like the reader is watching a puzzle being completed, with each piece slowing finding its home until the final result is realised. its just so masterfully done that i cant help but praise the
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Published 2019.

It better be after that cliffhanger!! I NEED TO KNOW!
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
my skin is clear, my crops are thriving, I have 20/20 vision, my grades are up, the sun is shining, I feel so alive, world order has been restored
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Scythe and Thunderhead fans out there!
The saga is over!

This whole series is very good – 5 stars all the way and highly recommended to fans of YA Dystopian fiction. Book 2 (Thunderhead) is one of my favorite books of the last few years. So, I was very excited to get this ARC from Simon and Schuster to get a chance to finish this tell a bit ahead of time. I am pleased to get this review out on the eve of the book’s release and I hope it gets fans of the series excited to finish the journey.

I do have to say that book three was good but
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Jan 05, 2018 marked it as anticipated-releases
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
So that’s me done then.

I must confess I wanted more of Citra & Rowan, but that ending was great. Still, who am I kidding, I want a whole book of just Rowan & Citra, but I digress.

Dec 31, 2018 marked it as not-released-tbr
Happy Pub Date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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It's nearly 600 Pages long!!

I am so surprised (and disappointed?) that this cover isn't blue. This book did not follow the YA cover rule! (Red, Blue, Green)
We have a cover and it's f**king gorgeous but that's not the matter at hand.



Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: hype


Josiah Anderson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I might have to glean myself if I have to wait this long!
Feb 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Fear not, glean not. We have a cover and a blurb, all hail!


But why do we not have a release date for this? A cover? Any kind of info whatsoever?
Are they purposely leaving us in the dark to mess with our heads?

Well, it's working, now give me some damn details that I can hold on to. I beggo!

Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feb 02, 2018 marked it as unreleased-sequels  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-anticipated
UPDATE: cover!!!! It’s uh... interesting I guess

UPDATE: OH NO it’s been pushed back to November

UPDATE: Feb 4 2019: NEVER MIND. It’s happening. September 3rd 2019. 448 pages (NOT. ENOUGH!)

UPDATE: Jan 31 2019. The “expected publication:2019” sign has disappeared. I AM HYPERVENTILATING. NEAL SHUSTERMAN YOU CANNOT TELL ME THAT YOU ARE GONNA PUBLISH THIS IN 2020.

UPDATE: It's 18th December 2018. This should have a cover by now, and a release date. BUT IT DOESN'T. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

I really ought to give this book 1 star for Jeri alone. If you don’t know what "tokenism" is, you will understand this term after reading The Toll.

But let me get to the novel in general first, before I start ranting about Jeri specifically.

When I finished rereading Thunderhead a couple of days ago, I did so with trepidation and excitement. What will come out of the thrilling cliff-hangers, I thought? Where will Goddard lead his New Order? What is the future of the Scythedom? How will humanity
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I really enjoyed reading The Toll even though it wasn’t as good as Scythe and Thunderhead. Especially while reading Thunderhead one of my favorite things about the book was how much it surprised me. It continuously kept me at the edge of my seat because it didn’t see any of the plot twists coming. So the only thing I have to criticize about this novel is that I didn’t have that feeling until the last quarter of the novel. Prior to that, the events of the book really weren’t that surprising to me ...more
Christina - Traveling Sister
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5, happy publication day to an A++++ all time favorite series, Shusterman never stops delivering, stars!!!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read!

So, you know, to be *polite* I should start this off by saying there will be no spoilers for this installment. However, if you haven’t read Scythe and Thunderhead then some implied spoilers from the first two books will be present in this review.

The Toll starts us off three years after the cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers that was the
Whispering Stories
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This series has been a joy to read from start to finish and this final instalment is everything I needed it to be!

One of my favourite things about this book is that the layout is a little unconventional and so it keeps your attention rapt. The story covers a wider length of time than in the previous two books, so the story is split into parts. Each chapter alternates between different characters and what they’re getting up to, prefaced by a snippet of
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
Update: I've finished the masterpiece and I'm honestly not ok.


Charlotte May
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as library-loans
Omg this is available to pick up from the library!!!!

I best hurry up and finish Thunderhead then
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
An open-ended story. I love this one... Life has to go on...

I just don't want to explain... It's good... But just don't take my word for it. Read it and you will find out...

Thank you for this amazing ride
Yusra  ✨
Sep 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
okay. we have a cover. i don’t like it but WE HAVE A COVER. and a release date!!! november needs to get here faster.

♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡ (semi-hiatus)
Dear Grayson,
I don't want to put all the pressure on you but since you are now my only hope, please find a way to help others real real soon. ;-;
Madeleine Knutsson
Not 100 % satisfied with the ending, but the last sentence made me cry like a baby..
Jan 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
I haven’t even read the second book and I’m hyped for this already?? I thought this was a duology but I’m so happy this is a trilogy yaaaaas bring it on ...more
Cori Reed
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scythe 4.25
Thunderhead 4.5
The Toll 3.5

Well, it was not so bad that I wanted to glean myself but it wasn't so good that I wanted to shout "All rejoice!" either.

It seems like 2019 will go down in history as the year of mediocre or disappointing book finales for me
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a ...more

Other books in the series

Arc of a Scythe (3 books)
  • Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)
  • Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)
“You can't expose a lie without first shattering the will to believe it. That is why leading people to truth is so much more effective than merely telling them.” 6 likes
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