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The Toll

(Arc of a Scythe #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  90,106 ratings  ·  13,666 reviews

Everything has changed in the world of the scythes. Citra and Rowan have disappeared. The floating city of Endura is gone. It looks like nothing else stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute power. Now that the Thunderhead is silent, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop
Paperback, 631 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Walker Books (first published November 5th 2019)
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Emma Giordano
um hello where is this book??????????

(y'all i posted this in january, i know when the book is coming out now lol)
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Am I... finally catching up?!

Update: No she wasn't. I've "been reading" this book since August 2020. Finishing it now for my "Pile of Shame" Challenge!
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.

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
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
Tharindu Dissanayake
"The human heart is rarely practical."
"The Toll doesn't like almonds."

A solid ending for one of the best fantasy series I've come across. Although I loved the first two books, before diving in to The Toll, I was little agitated about how this would end. Considering how things progressed up to now, where it was continuously implied that population growth was a problem without a solution in the age of immortality, I thought this could end only one of two ways: either with with a lot of dea
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Josiah Anderson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might have to glean myself if I have to wait this long!
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star

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

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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
“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
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a bit sad🥺 ALL I WANTED WAS SOME MORE SCREEN TIME FOR MY BABIES TOGETHER IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK😭 Still love this series tho and that ending got me feeling some sort of way but I guess it could have been worse so I should just be grateful ❤️🙏🏽
Pine tree leaf stick
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-buying
I have nothing but negative feelings towards this book. I can't remember the parts I actually enjoyed, since all the negatives overwhelm any positive aspects of the book. So here I am, now lowering my rating to 1 star because I hate this book (:

Upon further reflection, I have come to the conclusion that this book was just okay. It was not the satisfying conclusion I was looking for. I did not like the romance between Rowan and Citra. I thought it was too forced and would have liked them to just
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
Update: I've finished the masterpiece and I'm honestly not ok.


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
Althea ☾
--- Buddy Read with Bopeep (we also read Thunderhead together much luv hihi) and Emily <3 ---

“We are imperfect beings," Munira said.
"How could we ever fit in a perfect world?"

If you want to read this series for something, read it for THE PLOT. + ethical/moral commentary in a dystopia world

— overall thoughts: 4.5 —

THIS WAS SUCH A WILD RIDE. Finishing this series was such a journey and I still have a hangover.

So I finished crying over the ending and now here we are. Quick summary: I'm amazed
Christina - Recipe & a Read
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
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
yeah lol.

i really liked the first two books and was therefore pretty excited to read this one. sadly, the author really lost his grip on the story and it became very boring. the story tried too hard to take on too many topics instead of focussing on a few main ones.

a big disappointing ending, but what can you do.
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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)
  • Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)
  • Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

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