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The Toll

(Arc of a Scythe #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  42,737 ratings  ·  7,563 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 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.
Hardcover, 625 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Emma Giordano
Jan 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
um hello where is this book??????????

(y'all i posted this in january, i know when the book is coming out now lol)
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Reads
I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year (video) .

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 ye
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Edited 10/10/19:
neal, why?

(full review to come)


The Toll?

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

Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Aug 27, 2020 is currently reading it
Am I... finally catching up?!
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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 wr
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, G
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 h
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I was explaining this trilogy to my mom the other day and she said it sounded like it would make a cool TV series. I have to agree with her. Even though I didn't lurve the finale, it was still good enough that I would re-read and put it up there in my favorites list for sure.

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I finished this awhile ago and just haven't really been excited about reviewing it. Basically:

- I liked it.
- I didn't love it.
- It was too long.

It does wrap everything up and I was happy with the ending. The pl
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I'm crying, I'm heartbroken and I can't believe that this is over. No more books about this wonderful world and about this amazing characters.
Go read this books everyone. Go read them because I assure you that it's an amazing series with a great story and plot twists that will leave you blown way.
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
"It is our nature to surpass nature."

I have had really good luck with YA novels lately. And this one was no exception. In spite of the fact that I was slightly pouty for not getting an ARC, I loved this conclusion with my entire heart.

At this point, It's been an entire year and a half since I read Scythe. That book holds a very special place in my heart. It marks the calm before the storm in my life. A week or two after reading Scythe, I read Thunderhead and then completely forgot ab
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
I'm underwhelmed.
And I'm glad that this is now finally over.
I think I would've DNF'd it had I not formed such an attachment to the previous two books, which were 5-star reads for me.
I'm being generous with the 3-star rating is what I'm saying.
So much of this felt so unnecessary, so detailed for the sake of having detail and so crammed with information that did not need to be there. I haven't felt like I gained anything with the added characters, the added ramblings, politics and world building.
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
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Published 2019.

It better be after that cliffhanger!! I NEED TO KNOW!
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”A successful lie is not fueled by the liar; it is fueled by the willingness of the listener to believe. You can’t expose a lie without first shattering the will to believe it.

I can’t believe it’s over but I can definitely say that I enjoyed every single moment of this journey! Three books and I read and reviewed them all in 9 months. Considering the fact that I’m a person who usually takes ages to finish a series this says A LOT about how deeply and thoroughly I got lost in this one! I loved al
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.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Jan 05, 2018 marked it as anticipated-releases
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star, hype

What a beautiful end to a beautiful series !!! T _ T I <3 Neal Shusterman !!!

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Josiah Anderson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I might have to glean myself if I have to wait this long!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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“can’t see why I should concern myself with humankind at all.”

Scythe ★★★★ 1/4
Thunderhead ★★★★
The Toll ★★★ 1/2

★ I am mildly disappointed with this how ended. I don’t like when the first book in the series is the best one and that as the case here. I think I should have expected this after the ending of book 1. My main problem with this finale is that it tried too much and it expanded the story on a worldwide or a universal scale and sometim
Charlotte May
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
“You are a terrible person.” The Thunderhead said. “You are a wonderful person.” “Well which is it?” And the response, as faint as faint could be, came back to him - not as an answer, but as another question. “Why can’t you see that the answer is both.”

What a wonderful conclusion!

I’ll admit at first I wasn’t sure about the introduction of all these other characters in the final book. It seemed at times almost like I was reading an entirely different book to Scythe and Thunderhead.

But as ever
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: most-anticipated
I love this world, I love these character, I love Neal Shusterman's writing style, and I love this series. I really do. This book was so incredibly long and it took me months to get through it because it was quite slow and drawn out, which I was perfectly fine with because I love spending time in this world. But it was wrapped up so quickly and unexpectedly. I'm not satisfied with the ending, and although I loved reading this book, and I enjoyed the lengthy, drawn-out chapters, I just don't thin ...more
Iben Frederiksen
This whole series has been such a wild ride from start to finish!

The Toll, the last book in the series of the Arc of a Scythe, was such a thrill for me. A lot of stuff happened, which is usually something that I find annoying - but with the Toll I was just so hooked on where the story was going. Now with Scythe, we only followed the story from Citra and Rowan's pov, but with the Toll, the story is told from other characters povs as well, which I really enjoyed because we get to really be inside
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
Update: I've finished the masterpiece and I'm honestly not ok.


Christina - Recipe & a Read
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
C.G. Drews
I fully admire how politically applicable this series is, and how the story is clever and intricate and very very intelligent. It was very plot driven, and there are a lot of characters. So you do feel like an impartial viewer. I have to admit, I'm more of a character-focused reader. I was waiting for Citra and Rowan to take over the story, and I wanted to feel all the things for them, but they were maybe in...less than half of the book? The book ended up being about the scythe world and it's fa ...more
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
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 😊
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 ei
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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 movi ...more

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Arc of a Scythe (3 books)
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