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2023 Book Review: The Toll

by Neal Shusterman

YA Science Fiction, 2019 by Simon and Schuster, 625 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • It’s been awhile since I read the other 2 books in this series (my fault, doesn’t affect my rating) so it took me a bit to get my bearings. This is not a book you’d want to read without reading the first 2.
  • There’s a lot of characters and a lot going on. Of course that makes sense with a book over 600 pages long … but it is still worth noting. It can be a bit confusing if you aren’t completely focused.
  • I have to wonder why so many of these big questions were saved to answer until this book. Had even some of them been answered in the previous two, would it have made this book able to be shorter or more direct? 

What I Did Like:

  • As it was with the previous books, there’s a lot of deep themes buried here among the text. I love that! 
  • The big reveals are satisfying. You’ve built up to some of these for three books, they had the potential to let you down. Instead, it works and makes the reader feel almost vindicated.
  • The ending leaves things to the imagination, which I like. I was able to keep thinking about these characters for a bit, imagining what they must be up to now and how things worked out for them. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Obviously, fans of the earlier works in the series should read this one too. Many of your favorite characters make a comeback in satisfying ways. 
  • If you’re a fan of dystopian books in general, I’d highly recommend this full trilogy (starting with Scythe). 

My Rating: 4 Stars

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