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The Toll
The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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lumbricuslibri
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The worldbuilding was more in-depth in this book and it made this a slow read for me—to the point I almost got tired of reading and just wanted it to end. Still, it was a good one.

Not sure how to feel about that ending, though. I mean, I'm happy some died and some are alive. Guess I just didn't expect it to make that turn towards the end. Kinda felt rushed even though it was a long book? Yeah.

Glad to know there will be short stories soon!

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lumbricuslibri
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"What is it about us, [...]?" [he] said. "What is it that drives us to seek such lofty goals, yet tear out the foundations? Why must we always sabotage the pursuit of our own dreams?"

"We are imperfect beings," [she] said. "How could we ever fit in a perfect world?

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lumbricuslibri
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"Why do you hate me so?" she asked.

"I don't hate you," he admitted. "It's just that you're always so sure of yourself."

"I am unwavering," [she] told him. "With so many things in flux, there's got to be someone who stands firm."

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TheAromaofBooks
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I've only journeyed three steps into the #ThingsInCommon challenge - but The Toll was obviously an easy match for Thunderhead! @Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! And I love both of these covers 😍 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I finished this one last night and while it's not exactly how I would have tied things up, it was still satisfactory. I have thoroughly enjoyed this creative trilogy and definitely see myself reading some more of Shusterman's books in the future.

#MtTBR
#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView
#Pantone2022 - Abundant Green @Clwojick
#WickedWords - Chalet (January!) @AsYouWish
#AwesomeAPril - 339/1200pgs @Andrew65
#AlmostaChunkster
#BookSpinBingo

TheSpineView Awesome! 1mo
Alora One of my favourite series! 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
Clwojick Woohooooo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Yay!! #AwesomeApril starts today and I am going to try to actually track my pages for this one. I would love to read 1200 pages this week. Things are looking very busy as I have a lot of hours to work this week and then am going on a daytrip with my family on Friday (the exotic destination of Cincinnati LOL). Still, we will see what I can get checked off!! Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1mo
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Kdgordon88
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#BookReport I really liked the Scythe trilogy although The Toll was a bit long. The Silence of the Girls was good as well and the romances and cozy mystery is what my taxed brain can handle.

#WeeklyForecast: I‘m enjoying both current books and also started Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. Will visit part 5 of Obama later in the month.

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Kevin.Erick
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In the corruption of the Scythedom; Citra, and Rowan fight the problems head on trying to fix what went wrong. Meanwhile a new influence the Toll is the only person who can talk to the Thunderhead, also making him the giver of advice to everyone. On the island no one new existed works Scythe Faraday to unlock the secrets left by the founders. If you find this book appealing you may also like the Supernova trilogy by Marissa Myers.

Kevin.Erick The point of view is first person and is clearly established as the novel progresses as each character shares their experiences and thoughts as they focus on each task at hand, hoping to better earth by the time they finish. 2mo
MissYaremcio Nicely done Kevin! I love this series! 6/6 2mo
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comics_librarian
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By shifting the focus to multiple lead characters, this series finale takes the story a welcomely unexpected conclusion, while keeping the death count just as high.

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Amoon
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The third in the Scythe trilogy. Reading it on a tablet - had the strangest experience. I had about 100 pages to go and suddenly…it was over! I was so entranced that I didn‘t realize how much I had read. The world building and plot twists were incredibly creative. Reminded me of how films like Mad Max and the show The Leftovers totally expanded the scope of the story and new characters. Great series!

DogMomIrene 💜💜💜 Shusterman‘s world building and characters keep my head swirling as I read, which I love. 4mo
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Rileytmurray
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This was another great entry into the Arc of the Scythe series. Overall I think Greyson and the Thunderhead really came into there own and where a big part of why I enjoy the book. I only have one big problem with it and that that‘s the fact the Rowan and Citra aren‘t given a large role in the overall story. Other then that I did enjoy this as the conclusion to the Arc of the Scythe series overall

Rileytmurray I also have a review for this book on my channel if any is interested in watching it https://youtu.be/_jpKNeJiA9Q 4mo
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JillR
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The 14 year old is very pleased with me for finally finishing his favourite ever trilogy. A pleasing conclusion to the Arc of a Scythe series; this is great dystopian fiction and perfectly readable as a young adult, or not so young adult 😆 #raisingreaders

LeahBergen I bought this series for my father-in-law for Christmas. 😆 5mo
HollyBolly I loved these!! 5mo
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Booklover2
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Definitely one the best trilogies Ive read in forever! Excellent world-building, meticulously plotted with well developed characters. All three were equally well done.

I do think the last book was a bit overlong and could have used some trimming, but was happy to be in it as long as I could.

I can‘t recommend this one enough.

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Naz786
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐.5

It was ok, not as good as the previous ones

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Jeannineth
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Finishing this series.

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Kshakal
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While this book had a slow start for me it ended up being a great finish to an excellent series!!

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Auntynanny
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I love Neal Shusterman! This was a great conclusion to a great series!

KarinWestbrook Loved this series!! So good! 11mo
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living_for_literature
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Shusterman is such a brilliant storyteller, how he‘s able to weave many characters‘ lives together. I want to give this book five stars for it‘s absolute brilliance. However, I have to knock a star out.

Mostly because I felt that this book had just too much to fit in. I think the storyline would have fit better over a longer series. The first two books span about a year, and then around four years take place in the third book.

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BGam
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5⭐️
I wanted to give it a 4 star but decided not to intellectualise the story too much. Suffice to say that the book kept me hooked till the end and the conclusion although a bit too extreme was alright. It didn‘t leave me heartbroken.. all‘s well that ends well! One tiny issue, I think thunderhead in fact used the world and it‘s people as its sandbox to play around with! It‘s a coloniser and eventually, mortality had the last laugh on earth.

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BarbaraJean
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This was kind of all over the map. There were a lot of threads to pull together, and the effort to do so was a bit clumsy. The pacing was uneven, and early on there was some confusing switching between timelines. Events were cranked up to 11, the ending felt rushed, and I kept thinking this would have been better as two books. That said, this book & the series as a whole brings up some fascinating ideas. It made for a great book group discussion!

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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I‘m almost as much of a music lover as a book lover. I often come across “theme songs” that fit characters so perfectly you‘d swear the musician wrote it FOR the book. Driving home today I heard a song I have now dubbed Rowan and Citra‘s theme. It‘s Hear Me Now by the band Bad Wolves. Here‘s the link to the version I like best, but there is another good one with female vocals added. https://youtu.be/du0SsoGpn7w
❤️Does anyone else do this?😅

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Cool song! I think the last time I did this was assigning early Lana Del Ray to be soundtrack to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 14mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks, I love the band. They did a cover of Zombie by The Cranberries that I love almost more than the original. ❤️🥰❤️ I‘ll have to remember your music/book pairing, the book is on my TBR. 🎶 14mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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5 🌟s!!!!
Omg...there aren‘t words! I finished it last night and am STILL processing it all. Hands down the best YA trilogy I have ever been blessed to read. Coming from someone who doesn‘t normally enjoy YA, trust me, that‘s a HUGE compliment! There were a few slow parts in this final installment, but I find many final books in a series have moments like that. The author had a lot of strings to tie at the end and boy, what a neat bow it made! ⬇️

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm This would be one of the few series where I wouldn‘t be mad for a follow-up and will definitely do a reread someday. Thank you a gazillion times to @Bits introducing me to the series through #NewYearWhoDis hosted by @monalyisha 14mo
Bits 🤩🤩🤩🤩 I was pretty impressed by how well it wrapped up. 14mo
CBee I would LOVE a follow up too 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
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Well my pen color choice sucked but this book didn‘t! This is my #doublespin and I got a bingo finally!!! Love this book, this series, the story! It‘s so intriguing to read and scary to imagine there are real public leaders who would act the same as some of the people in this story. Such a great read for me! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Soubhiville
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I‘m not sure if it‘s just me and the hectic time in my life I chose to read this, or if it actually dragged much more than the first two in the series... but either way, I had a hard time staying focused on the first half of the book, but the second half jumped more in to the pace I expected. I liked the ending, it seemed fitting. Greyson, Citra, Rowan, and Jeri= 😍 characters. Overall a great finale to a really unique series.

Blep by Sietje💗

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m starting this series ASAP! Just waiting on them to be delivered either today or tomorrow!! ❤️😍❤️ 1y
Soubhiville @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I hope you‘ll love them! I definitely would recommend them. ❤️ 1y
WonderlandMind Completely agree with your review 1y
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jackilynn
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The books I got this year from my sister. I feel a binge coming on for the Marisa Meyers & the Neal Shusterman serieses (since I now own all & have yet to read any). I have already read All Systems Red but I want to own the whole Murderbot series so I am beyond thrilled to get book 1.

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Soubhiville
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I‘m thrilled to be able to spend most of the day today doing nothing but this: reading and pet snuggling. I adore this sweet Afghan my mom made for me, and Igor is happily cozy under it with me. Venkman has made himself comfy on top of my feet 😺.

I hope you are all able to have a relaxing day too. ❤️📚

Crazeedi I love the colors of the afghan , have a great day reading📚❄💟 1y
tracey38 The afghan is beautiful. Happy, cozy day. 1y
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DustyPages
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Decided to take part in the end of the year book tab!

https://youtu.be/QRw8GwDHWao

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jeannasser
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Love how Shusterman compares our world to his fictional world ! These two small paragraphs basically summarize the entire series, I love it !

Pg. 102, The Toll

#arcofascythe #nealshusterman #thetoll #bookthree #trilogy #currentlyreading #reading #dystopian #scifi #scythe #thunderhead

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jeannasser
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Another day, another cup of coffee ☕️
Already at page 104 of #TheToll ! Loving it so far. 🥰Just having trouble getting used to the new characters, but otherwise it‘s a thrill ride for sure.

BTW, have any of you been to Sequoia National Park ? (the illustration on the mug) 👀 it‘s beautiful over there! 🏞🌳🏕

#nealshusterman #dystopian #scifi #arcofascythe #trilogy #ya #bookthree #love #coffee #morning

WJCintron Happy readings!! I need to read the series. I LOVED the Sequoia National Park !! ❤ ❤ ❤ 1y
jeannasser @WJCintron it‘s gorgeous ! 😊 and yes you NEED to 😄 1y
Scochrane26 Sequoia is on my travel wish list, but I haven‘t been planning any trips lately. 1y
jeannasser @Scochrane26 yeah COVID is making it impossible for us to travel to new places 😔 but once this thing is over with you should try paying a visit. You won‘t regret it 😊 1y
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jeannasser
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Just started #TheToll 💜 in order to finish the Arc of a Scythe trilogy! Let‘s see which direction the story takes now because I have no idea what‘s in store especially after the ending of #Thunderhead🤷🏻‍♂️
(Also I definitely didn‘t use the background to show off my Shadowhunters collection 🤭🤫😏)

What do you think of the series?
#currentlyreading #reading #arcofascythe #scythe #dystopian #scifi #trilogy #ya #fiction #nealshusterman

LazyOwl I really enjoyed the series. I listened to the audio and thought the narrator was really good. 1y
jeannasser @LazyOwl I only heard like one or two chapters in audiobook when I couldn‘t read the book physically and I agree 😊 1y
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julesG
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#Audiosewing sessions resulted in two sweaters for my dear friend @DuckOfDoom.

Went much more smoothly!

Caroline2 Wow! Well done!! These look fab!! 😀 1y
GingerAntics They both look great!!! 1y
catsuit_mango I love the white and red one. Perfect to wear at work ;) 1y
julesG @catsuit_mango Or for shopping, like getting a new shovel at the DIY store. 😜 1y
catsuit_mango @julesG exactly 😂😂 1y
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TugstenDragon
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Thourghly engaged and enjoyed this book, pleasant conclusion if the series ends but enough intrigue for a follow up series, just the way it should be.

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Laurynb
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An excellent end to an amazing trilogy.

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Cathy_J
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The final part in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. I am a happy camper. I found these very entertaining and hard to put down. Might need to find some more Neal Shusterman books now 🙂 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

RedxoHearts I just finished book two so I'm happy to hear that the last one is good too :) 2y
BehindthePages The humor was so different, I loved it! 2y
Bkwrm7 I read Dry by him and it was really excellent, too. Speculative fiction about what might happen if CA had to turn the water taps off. 2y
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXpX9zkEAjc

Enjoy!

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BehindthePages
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A perfect society achieved it‘s inevitable downfall with sarcasm, wit and dark humor. The book was fast paced but when I finished I felt like something was missing. And the ending was so well built up and tempered into being an exciting mix of hope and desperation, but it fizzled out too soon. It wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t entirely satisfying either. #youngadult #fantasy
Full review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/the-toll-by-neal-shusterman

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TheBookBurrowKeeper
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Tabbing while reading on a rainy Sunday morning 🥰

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LeftyDv
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I found the story to be a solid conclusion to the trilogy. However, Shusterman can‘t top his prior books in this bloated catch-all spanning years and years. The characters are great and the imagery of certain scenes is glorious. But in the end, I wasn‘t moved by this book like I was by Scythe and Thunderhead.

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JessNevertheless
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Almost done with the series which definitely helped with a reading slump these last few months. I'm not usually into YA fiction but I absolutely loved these!

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vlwelser
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I'm a little sad that I'm at the end of this series. I definitely recommend it.

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TheAromaofBooks This series is definitely on my list!! 2y
katy4peas I enjoyed the first book! 2y
vlwelser @katy4peas They get better as you go along. Which says something because I really enjoyed the first book. 2y
katy4peas Oh good to know. I need to reread the 1st and then finish the series. 😁 I don‘t remember much about the first book other than there was magic and suspense and I really liked it. It was a page turner. I feel like I need to reread before I move on to the next book though. Just to refresh on the characters and everything! 😁 @vlwelser 2y
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Johanna414
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This wasn't the ending I expected, but I'm ok with that - it was a satisfying conclusion and the journey to get there was soooo good! I hope he writes more stories set in this universe, because I'm not quite ready to give it up...

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Loretta
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A wonderful puzzle of a book that teases you with tantalizing hints of what is to come while still surprising at every corner. This was a brilliant end to this series, becoming so much more than “just another YA” novel, at least in part because the adult characters and moral quandaries eventually become more more interesting, and much more central to the story, than the original two. Just a great read.

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