Monthly Archives: May 2019

Ep013 Scythe

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Content Warning: A central theme of Scythe is death, murder and killing. Please be warned that we will be discussing how these acts take place as well as the broader themes of these actions in this episode.

What happens when death is no longer a natural occurrence? Best selling author Neal Shusterman invents a world where the only way death is dealt to humans is by the Honorable Scythes. Isaac and Reid discuss the philosophy of death, living longer lives, and the  rollercoaster ride Scythe presents.


  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Post Moral World

Scythe, a book about death, makes us think about what happens when humanity conquers death? We may be centuries away from the actuality, but when given infinite time, what will humanity do with it? Will we constantly learn? Grow? Or will we, without a worry of death, decide to live a more passive life, a life of enjoyment because we’ll always have tomorrow?

Ep012 – Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In a world where books are burned and the mind is distracted Bradbury gives a character a glimpse at something more. Despite the monumental following of Fahrenheit 451, we take issue in the importance this book takes in the distopian genre. Is the story a warning or a pontification? Join in our discussion.


  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Brave New World (mild spoilers)
  • 1984 (mild spoilers)

Media Mentioned

  • The Giver
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Uglies
  • Red Rising

Dystopian Science Fiction

The big three: Brave New World, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. These books were not the first dystopian worlds, but have been deemed as the starting points from which to jump from. Dystopian fiction has expanded, especially with the popularity of The Hunger Games. With new books tackling the subject of dystopia, we have to ask: when do we let the old books retire? Isaac and Reid have their opinions about Fahrenheit 451, but what books would we choose to elevate to dystopian classic?