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Summary

In the highly anticipated finale to the New York Times best-selling 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2019 Neal Shusterman (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A total mess, and completely dull ending

I was really excited to listen to this book. In fact it was on of the books I was most looking forward to this year.
Unfortunately it has just been a total mess from beginning to end. It seems to be plagued with pointless characters and unnecessary and obnoxious pandering.

All I wanted was more Rowan and more Citra...

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An exellent end to the series

I am going to have to listen to this series of books over and over again. The writing is imaginative, serious and in places amusing. The storyline is complex yet leaves you wanting more.

The Toll is a fitting ending to the series and brought together so much from the first two books. I wonder if there is a prequal in the pipework as some in depth history for Faraday and the Thunderhead would be something I would love to hear.

Neil Shusterman is an excellent author and Greg Tremblay a brilliant narrator who gave depth and life to all the characters.

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A new favourite trilogy

I'm not crying 😭
What a fantastic end to this fantastic trilogy.
My heart still hurts from the ending of book 2 and this has both healed me and broke me. Not a dull moment or character.

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didnt enjoy it as much as the other ones

I didnt enjoy this as much as I'd hoped. I really struggled to finished it, not like the thunderhead. it felt like 5 books in one and I couldn't really follow, all the different characters really didnt help. The only satisfying thing was the ending.

Even if I didnt enjoy it, I wouldn't tell anyone to not continue after the second book. Give it a shot and you might enjoy it more than me. I don't regret finishing the trilogy mostly because the ending was as good as it was.

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great end to a trilogy

very good book with a good voice actor worth a read and a 're read

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Wow

Fast become my favourite series, all I can say is wow what a ride that was

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The Toll

I personally was satisfied with the ending of this series. It was a rollercoaster ride with a slow build up, but when the plot moves it move fast to almost to the very end, until it gives you a chance to breath and settle down. it was great

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Eagerly awaited, but not as good as first 2 parts

The positive first, there is a third part, there is nothing worse than listening to two parts of a trilogy and then the third never materialises. So I am glad, that this was not the case.

And it was not totally bad, just not as good as the first two books had lead me to hope.

The story meanders and too many new characters are introduced, the story does not follow a strict timeline, but there is a lot of foreshadowing I found not gripping but annoying.

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struggled

I struggled to get through this one, first 2 books flowed and were enjoyable, this third book however was so disjointed I could not enjoy it. almost gave up half way through.

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Amazing

Amazing book after listening to all three of these I am going to buy them in physical form to put on my shelf deffinatley reccomend

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  • OrtalG
  • 07-11-19

DONT OPEN THE PDF UNTIL YOU FINKSH

It contains a spoiler! I don’t know what audible is thinking! Do not make the same mistake I did.

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  • Bells
  • 07-11-19

A lot for one book.

Arc of a Scythe's first two books kept me entranced. The story combined with the narrator's acting actually made me feel how tense some of the moments were meant to be. The Toll, seems a little all over the place..almost like the author couldn't decide which direction he wanted to go. Neal jumped around in to many different time periods, and tried to wrap up side plots. There was a lot of build up through out the story, and the pay off was...lack luster. Coming to an abrupt conclusion.

This book introduced a lot of new characters, and put the original main cast of characters in a back seat role. To me this made the story feel more shallow than anything. It hinted at the adventures of Rowan and Citra and brought focus back to them just long enough to make sure they were still relevant enough for the end of the story. Other moments in the story, the author has the point of view bouncing back and forth constantly, making it difficult to keep track of who is who. It also doesn't get any easier when every character goes by at least two names.

This book also takes time to pander to certain crowds. One character in particular had minimal impact on the story, and was obviously used for pandering., Neal spends quite a bit of time being in your face about their upbringing and life choices. As another review has said, this information did nothing to progress the story.

Disappointingly, this audio book comes with a PDF, and Audible is very upfront that there is a PDF to accompany this book, and in my excitement on this book's release, I opened it. It was pretty much spoilers. DO NOT OPEN THE PDF if you have not read/listened to the book. Luckily my friend and I pieced together what might have happened and it wasn't a big surprise.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-11-19

I dunno..

I was super excited for this book. But like the others were saying, the ending seemed rushed and not what I was expecting. There were parts that were confusing, side stories that didn't need to be there. parts that should have been explained better- weren't. Plus trying to keep track with the time travel jumps and trying to figure out where/when everyone was, was honestly exhausting. Overall, it was a let down. I loved this series, but I just didn't want a book that centered mostly around Greyson With Citra and Rowan being the back-drop as they were the most interesting of characters.

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  • HappyCow
  • 09-11-19

Surprisingly dull

I'm quite surprised at how dull this story is. The pacing slows to a crawl and more than half of the book is just characters interacting with one another without anything really happening. When things finally start moving, it jumps around too much and some of the content feels like filler with little purpose or significance to the story. I started tuning out because the content felt pointless to keep up with. Once again, our main couple spends 95% of the time apart doing their own thing, yet somehow we're supposed to believe there is some great binding love between them. Anastasia is somehow even more one dimensional and flat in this installment. After reading the last book, I was expecting more.

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  • Chris G.
  • 17-11-19

Identity Politics rears it's head.

As many others have stated, the first two books in this series were good. They were fun, exciting, entertaining and with just the right touch of intrigue. Mostly though, I think the emphasis is on fun. With this third installment however, the author seems to have left behind the recipe for success of the last two books in favor of joining the identity politics bandwagon and it's a shame. New characters insert themselves from nowhere with irritating attitudes and self worth. Old characters become trite and snotty. The fun feel of the books are gone and it their place are agenda driven drivel with moments of past glory. I suppose I'd say go ahead and finish the story since you've come so far, but don't hold it to the high regard of the others as you'll be sadly disappointed.

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  • bio_student
  • 21-11-19

Had Potential but Didn't Deliver

5 stars for the narration, 3 stars for the story.

The second book had built such a great setting for the third book. We had a mysterious island unbeknownst to the Thunderhead, an unstoppable villain, and two heroes that would come back and surprise the world by avenging all that was lost. This could have been an amazing, action-packed mystery thriller, but instead the storyline was rather lackluster. We received some nice character development between the Toll and the Thunderhead, but not with the scythes. In fact, the main scythes were rather passive and non-confrontational, which became very clear in the ending. This book had so much potential and it's a bit disappointing that the series wrapped up this way.

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  • Walt
  • 13-11-19

preachy / poor ending

the author got all wrapped up in "wokeness" and couldn't help but preach and preach. worse, though, he painted himself into a happy corner, determined to wrap everything up with a bow, delivered a snooze ending with very little bang for the buck.

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  • Hannah
  • 09-11-19

ALERT! Neal Shusterman goes political and almost ruins last book.

I’ll start by saying how much I’ve loved the previous two books in this series as well as all the entire Unwind series. My problem with this one is that Neal sacrifices an amazing story and ultimately a trilogy, to shove political bias down your throats. In a world as politically charged as this real one, it would be nice to escape to a different world and that was what the first two books were for me. The ways he messed this one up are:
1. He adds a completely unnecessary person to the story just to press the trans gender, homosexual agenda. It’s so staged that it cheapens the story and should piss off even transgender people because of the character abuse of transgenderism. Example: Girl when the suns out, man when the clouds cover the sun. If you want to add to the story then add, Don’t cheapen. My problem here is not the sexual orientation or sexual preferences of characters but the agenda pushing pointlessness of it all. He made it too obvious what he was doing.
2. Calls anyone who builds walls idiots... hmm wonder who that could be..
3. Hope you don’t care much about Rowan and Citra, because you won’t see them to nearly halfway through the book and even when you do it’s barely more than just a passing moment here and there.
4. Ultimately this book is 98% about Grayson and his new transgender/homosexual/who knows lover and crazy religion and 2% about the story we all have come to love.
Sorry Neal, you messed this one up.

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  • Naomi Feil
  • 07-11-19

Disappointed in story

Overall I was disappointed in this book. I really enjoyed the first 2 books, but thought this book was overly charged with liberal ideals / agenda. It is sad to me that books (and movies) have to push agendas so heavily instead of remaining more neutral. This book could have been so much better if that was left out of it. Neil was definitely not being subtle with his beliefs. I was disappointed also that a gender fluid character was added in. This character named Jerry ends up having feelings for one of the main male characters. This was really un-necessary to add in as it didn't help the story. Also there was more cussing in this book - a strong F word near the end mixed with some strong S- words. There were a few implied comments about characters having sex. . There was even a jab at "building a wall" saying "only idiots build walls." Overall I thought the liberal worldview was heavily pushed and it really detracted from the overall quality of story so I am giving the story 2 stars. The audio narration was well done.

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  • Morrison
  • 12-11-19

Awful ending

I have seen so many positive reviews of the final book. I guess now I know it’s because people fall in love with a series and hate to think that it can in any way fall short. This final book fell short in every way conceivable. The conclusion of The Toll was laughably bad and riddled full of plot holes. The book spent entirely too much time with new characters that had no place in the story to begin with. It was truly an awful conclusion in every sense of the word.

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