The Toll

The Toll

eBook - 2019
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"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 Books for Young Readers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481497084
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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This book fully wraps up the series and leaves the reader satisfied with the ending. Well written. Every time the book seems to be getting boring, it picks back up. It also includes more diverse characters like Jeri Soberanis, who is gender fluid. I had expected the book to take me a while to read, (the book is 625 pages) but I finished it in 3 days. The only reason I took off half a star is because the timeline is a bit confusing in the first half of the book. It switches between character narratives so you don't quite know if you have gone back in time when it switches. The only other thing is that there are WAY more new characters introduced in this book. I was fine with that, but I didn't like how some of the new characters, like Loriana, overshadowed some of the old characters, like Munira. All in all, an amazing read (and seriously, how could anyone not read this book after the cliff hanger in Thunderhead.)

Jun 25, 2020

This was a tougher read than I think it needed to be. I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to the circumstances under which I was reading it (long break since the previous two books in the series; attempting to squish it into my "Covid" life - which is absurdly busy and leaves me very little free time - so I was reading in short bursts). Because that's really not the book's fault. But it didn't captivate me the way the previous titles in the series did.

I liked the fleshing out of the "character" of the Thunderhead and the exploration of the history of the creation of the scythedom. I appreciated getting some insight into Goddard's history. And the conclusion left me satisfied; it tied up the series well.

I think my main issue was that there were more side-plots and side-characters than felt necessary - and this tended to dilute the story. Some were entertaining. Most were well written. But they made it hard to focus.

IndyPL_ErinM May 20, 2020

This book neatly wraps up the series. Make sure to read the other books first, because this is one that you definitely don't want spoiled.

JCLKathrynC Mar 23, 2020

The Scythe trilogy has been one of my favorite series. The final book wraps up the story wonderfully, everyone gets what they deserve.

Mar 03, 2020

All of my thoughts have already been voiced. Awesome series, but the first book is the best.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 30, 2020

Scythe thoroughly entranced me with a world free from disease, that has unlocked unlimited knowledge, and are immune to death. The first book in the series was extremely detailed, surprising from start to finish and dynamic. Thunderhead continued on to be a worthy sequel that brought forward a fear for the all-knowing systems, that decides all in their society, becoming more aware and in control of the population. I thought the events in Scythe were shocking, but Thunderhead broke through the ceiling with a conclusion I never expected. I loved the new characters introduced and I was impressed with the direction the author went in and how chaotic the events were that shocked me. Now, after a long wait, we conclude this epic series with, The Toll.

I read it just as fast as the previous two because the author writes so charmingly with the characters and the world being so addicting to follow. Even after enough time to forget which secondary characters are which I was still able to come back into who each person was and only a chapter in I was already immersed again. Altogether, I loved each part of the story with the characters all having something great to contribute. The ending of this book is amazing, this series was absolutely fantastic and I really recommend it to everyone.

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.

Jan 10, 2020


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.

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' "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. That is why leading people to the truth is so much more effective than merely telling them." '

'And, for the life of her, Loriana didn't know whether she should be positively joyful, or absolutely terrified.'

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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