The Toll

The Toll

Book - 2019
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"In the highly anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy, dictators, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that's conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created? Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781481497060
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Shusterman
Characteristics: 625 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 16, 2020

The reason for me liking this series so much was because of the concept. However, by the 3rd book, I thought that the concept has been exhausted, and there needed other elements to keep the page-turning momentum going.

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Jan 03, 2020

All I have to say is well done Neal Shusterman. You ended it well but with the possibility for more if that's what you ever decided to do. Best book of the YEAR!

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 29, 2019

The Arc of a Scythe is the best series/trilogy I read in 2019, and the finale, The Toll, while not an exclamation point on the series, expanded the series to consider new philosophical questions-- so maybe call it the semicolon on the series-- and wrapped up the story arcs in bittersweet triumph. If you're just hearing about the series now as we enter 2020, you're so lucky to be able to start back with Scythe and binge read this series. I may read them all again next year just to experience that pleasure.

While Scythe focused on the existential crisis of immortality, and Thunderhead broadened that to include faith, free-will and power, The Toll takes a deep dive into the creation of a religion, social media's influence, and the image of leadership vs the ability to lead. Of course, these are the big background questions, but Shusterman's mastery is the ability to write characters and develop absorbing plots that carry you quickly along and only afterward do you think about the larger issues.

I wouldn't group The Toll into a single category. It's sci-fi. It's utopian and dystopian. If it is YA, it is YA à la Dune. The Toll is an Important- Capital "I" book- without being pretentious or precious. I recommend this unreservedly for everyone from 12 to 112.

Dec 22, 2019

I loved this book in every way but one. Of course it has a killer setting, a gripping plot, and the best characters ever, not to mention a chilling writing style and a hypocritical idiot who can actually be quite entertaining as the antagonist, and it’s part of my favorite trilogy. But the romance between Rowan and Citra is so inconsistent. I know that romance isn’t the main part of the story, but the fact that the first thing Rowan says to Citra when she is resurrected after 117 years of being frozen and dead is “Hey” is really not cool. If he really cares about Citra as much as it seems about 70% of the time, he should say more than “Hey”. That was the only detrimental thing in the story. Otherwise, it was amazing. Also, KILLER ending (pun intended). A very unique book and a fantastic finish to Arc of a Scythe. I think my favorite elements were the poetic, chillingly concise writing style and the way Neal Shusterman makes Goddard both an evil antagonist and a comically naive imbecile. I also liked Rowan’s smart mouth because I was reminded of mine! Overall, The Toll was beautiful. One half a star exiled for how disaffected Rowan is when Citra wakes up in the last chapter.

Dec 17, 2019

Beautifully written! I love how Neal Shusterman always comes up with clever ideas to solve the problems that the main characters read. Would highly recommend this entire trilogy.

Dec 11, 2019

Such a satisfying end to a series that never ceased to surprise me and captivate me!! I was seriously afraid everything would fall apart at the end and the characters would not hold up to a book three. Citra and Rowan are still a big part of the story and their love story is hiding behind everything and pushing through to the end. Greyson really shines in this book and makes so many great observations about power and corruption. Goodard is a bad guy made better by all his syncophants who actually can’t stand him but are afraid to speak up. Munira, Morrison and Jericho are complex enough that I would read books about them too! For me the star of the entire series is the Thunderhead who makes AI seem like it could actually work and not destroy humanity!
In short I was very happy with the end of this trilogy. I recommend this series to older teens who don’t scare easily and are open to thinking about complex issues but in a fantastical way. If you like Hunger Games or other dystopias you might like The Arc of the Sythe series.

Dec 04, 2019

While Scythe continues to be my personal favorite of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy, The Toll offered up a surprisingly satisfying ending to the though-provoking saga of Citra & Rowan. The whole series is great via audiobook too!

Nov 13, 2019

Literately the only thing keeping this from 5 stars for me is the language. Unbelievable book! =D


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PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 30, 2019

"'We're exploring the possibility of building a wall to stem the exodus.'

'Don't be ridiculous,' Goddard said. 'Only idiots build walls.'"

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 30, 2019

"'Short people!' said Scythe Rand. 'Can't stand them. As far as I'm concerned, they've got no reason to live.'"

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 30, 2019

"'I have found that building a sandbox around a domineering child, then allowing that child to preside over it, frees the adults to do the real work.'"

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 30, 2019

"To which Jeri raised an eyebrow and said, 'We're going to need a bigger boat.'"


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