The Toll | Neal Shusterman | Review

“You will speak to the Toll only when spoken to. You will cast your eyes down. You will bow upon greeting him, bow upon being dismissed, and leave briskly, as to be considerate to the others who are waiting.”





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 him?

The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll and the Thunder.


Thunderhead had me so on edge it was so difficult to wait for The Toll, I NEEDED TO KNOW MORE. I just want to say thank you to Walker Books for sending me an early copy of The Toll for review. It has taken me so long to actually write this review because I loved it so so much. SO MUCH. I just could not put into words how I felt about this series whilst also feeling like I was doing it justice. I also read The Toll twice, immediately after finishing I picked it back up to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Here goes nothing.

Shusterman has quickly made it to my list of favourite authors, if not the very top of the list. This finale was absolutely genius and I loved it so much. I usually find with finales that something is missing and I can’t quite put my finger on it but I do not come away satisfied with the ending. I AM SO SATISFIED WITH THIS. It was perfect, truly perfect. After investing such a long time devouring a series there is nothing more amazing than actually feeling like you got the answers that you wanted.

I loved how the book followed on from the ending of Thunderhead. Well it continued with the story, I’ll leave you to read it for yourself and discover what I mean. From the very beginning the reader is hit with so much excitement and action that it is just so difficult to put it down.

CITRA AND ROWAN. CITRA AND ROWAN. CITRA AND ROWAN. I love them so much. My love for them has just got greater and greater throughout this series and The Toll just solidified this love for them. The heartache and the dedication between these guys is just amazing. I was routing for them, as I got towards the end of the book (the last 30 pages) and things hadn’t been resolved for them I was cursing Neal. CURSING HIM. HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO THEM. However he proved me wrong and the last 30 pages were incredible. Absolutely incredible. It broke my heart I lo ed it so much.

The Toll is slightly more complicated than the other two books in the series. This is not a criticism as it sets the book up for the amazing finale that it is however it did take a little bit more concentration so that you could understand what was happening and where in the world you were at the time. I loved seeing all of these plot lines develop every single one of them was done so perfectly.

The character of the Toll is such an interesting and intriguing character. I didn’t see the plot twists coming but I just loved it so much, I thought he was brilliant. Obviously I won’t give away who the Toll is etc, but read for yourself. You will not be disappointed by the premise of this character and I am sure you will learn to fall in love like I did.

Another thing I really loved is that the whole of society is labelled as unsavoury and abandoned by the Thunderhead etc. I think this was so relatable to real life today. humanity in the UK at the moment is unsavoury and I feel like Neal really adapted this to the current day which made it so much more realistic. I don’t know how he does it, on the face of thing this is an unrealistic plot but actually it is not and it can be related to many different aspects of every day life.

The Toll is over 600 pages but don’t let that put you off. It felt like a 300 pages book as I read it so quickly. I could not put it down, it was action packed from start to finish. Neal does not give you a break, and you will come away exhausted. But in a good way. I picked this book up again straight away just to make sure I did not miss anything. This book was read twice in the space of the week. Neal you owe me new sticky tabs, because I have run out. The ending of this book is so satisfying and amazing, I cannot fault it.

I honestly struggle to criticise this series. It was brilliant. I loved it so so much. I am so sad it is over but I am also so satisfied with the way it was completed. I can’t see another book like this living up to the standards of this series. The Arc of a Scythe series is up there with my favourite series. I can promise you it is not the last you hear from me about this series, I will be reading it again soon! PLEASE PICK UP THIS SERIES YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

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