YA Book Review

Reapers by Bryan Davis (The Reapers Trilogy #1)

The Book:

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Book Title: Reapers

Book Author: Bryan Davis

Page Count: 400

Publishing Date: March 28th, 2014

Publisher: Scrub Jay Journeys

Date Read: February 28th, 2018

Synopsis: Reapers, the first book in The Reapers Trilogy, is a dystopian tale with a supernatural twist. Taking place in a futuristic, urban setting, this first book in a planned trilogy will appeal to readers of The Hunger Games and similar fast-paced stories for young adults.

Along with a blend of real life and imagination, it delivers action, danger, and suspense through the adventures of three teenagers: Phoenix, Singapore, and Shanghai, Reapers who collect the souls of the dying or already dead and transport them to the Gateway where they will travel to their final destination … or so they are told.

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The Review:

Reapers is dark, seductive, and exhilarating! Davis delivers thrills, chills, and a thought provoking world surrounding death. Brace yourself for a fast-paced story full of danger, emotion, and surprising twists!

This one was intensely powerful and I loved every minute of it! It touched on facets of life, love and loss, and sparked deep seated thoughts and emotions regarding death and the beyond. It was a beautifully heartbreaking story surrounding the age-old question of “what happens when we die?”
So, what came to mind when reading the title Reapers? I bet you thought of black hoods, scythes, death, lack of emotion, and/or skeletal figures. Bryan Davis definitely included the hoods and death, but he also created an emotional story with dynamic (human) characters and a sense of hope for humanity.

It was engaging, refreshing, and unique. I loved the premise of the plot involving the reaping of souls in an urban dystopian setting, and I felt the immense sentimentality of fearing death and hoping for a pleasant afterlife. I was in awe of the world Davis created and the personalities he developed for the Reapers whom you would assume would be jaded from dealing with death so often.

Phoenix was such an endearing character! He was strong, brave, and moral. He also had a vulnerable side which drove his choices and motivated him to go on in a hopeless world.
Singapore was mysterious and intriguing. She added a little humor to the story and a touch of passion. I loved her role in the story and the way she changed Phoenix and Shanghai.
Shanghai was so interesting to read. She just flew off the page with intensity and spunk. She was strong and fierce with a touch of vulnerability.

What a page turner this was! I enjoyed the action and the inclusion of the ghosts and the soul reaping. I consistently found myself deep in thought about spirits, souls, death, and the afterlife. The plot was fascinating and full of surprises, and I fell in love with the intensity and emotion behind it! I decided about halfway through that I am in need of books 2 and 3, now!


Thank you to the author for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review!

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About The Author:

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Bryan Davis is the author of several best-selling fantasy/adventure series, including Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire. To date, he has written more than twenty-five novels along with various non-fiction works and children’s books with total sales reaching more than one million copies.

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“When I came up with the Reapers idea, dystopian readership was spiking. The Hunger Games movie trilogy was in high gear, which made me consider the genre seriously. Yet, I didn’t want a dismal ending like I had seen in other dystopians. Yes, the genre is dark, and Reapers starts out in darkness, but I wanted the trilogy to end with the light of hope. If you read the rest of the series, you will see that, although the world is still shrouded in dismal problems, there is a glimmer of light. I want readers to end with optimism.”

Bryan Davis on The Reapers Trilogy

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7 thoughts on “Reapers by Bryan Davis (The Reapers Trilogy #1)

  1. YESSSSS! This book was SO refreshingly original. I’m kinda sorta, a LITTLE bit against female protags at the moment because they’ve taken center stage for years now at least ever since Hunger Games, so even just having a male protagonist and being inside HIS head and perspective is a nice change and how he deals with the romantic stuff–haha. It’s definitely different! More simple lol. And how about the villainess?! Gosh, she’s the best-worst-evil-villain ever. She is such a formidable foe…So glad you read it and enjoyed it! Great review for a great book!

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