The final, and legendary end to the Scythe series was well worth the wait. The Toll by Neal Shusterman is a love letter to the fans of the series. Unlike with most trilogies, all strings were neatly tied up. Shusterman did something that no other author has ever done. He made me care equally as much about side characters as I do for the main ones. I wanted to know about the goings and comings of Toliver. I was interested in Jericho’s adventures. And Thunderhead. The benevolent yet flawed Thunderhead. Always doing what was right, but not always doing it the right way, Thunderhead. I do truly love Thunderhead.
This book dissects into three stories. Toliver’s time as “The Toll,” the only person not marked as ‘unsavory,’ and capable of speaking to Thunderhead. Citra’s and Rowan’s separate quests to unmask the new High Blade for the monster that he is. And, Scythe Faraday’s journey to find the fail safe that the original Scythes had put in place just in case their plan for organized gleaning failed. There are chapters centering on Goddard and his crew, but they are not the main drag of the book. All roads seem to lead in different directions, but in the end, every piece of the puzzle fits neatly together to form a deeply satisfying picture. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.