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Name: M C Crocker (Signed) · Date: 28 Sep 2018 01:59 PM · starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Scythehood
Wow, this chapter was just. Guh. I am gutted a little the passion and the loss of love so to speak. I very much want to check out the books that your writing is based on.

Thank you for sharing with me and introducing me to something new!


Name: M C Crocker (Signed) · Date: 28 Sep 2018 01:17 PM · starstarstarstar [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Apprenticeship
Hello lovely. Thank you so much for joining my challenge. I have really liked this story so far and I am looking forward to reading the next chapter.

You have done a fantastic job of laying out the ground work of the world in which your characters inhabit so that I a newbie to this world can understand things and not feel lost.

Your pacing was wonderful and I certainly enjoyed this read. I am also very curious about this fandom and will probably look into it in the future.


Name: CherryKen (Signed) · Date: 22 Aug 2018 06:14 AM · starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Scythehood

I am absolutely in LOVE with this story. Your craft is so polished and your prose is structured so beautifully. I love how little you say in hand with how much you convey, and how each chapter isn't too short or too long. Perfect length. Each portion flows into each other so well.

 

I've never heard of the Scythe series before, but your story piqued my interest and I found myself looking Neal Shusterman up. This is my kind of story - dystopian, heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and angsty. Susan's teenage-like love is so relatable and, I find, my favourite kind - the helpless, genuine, complete devotion.

 

That end was both satisfying and lacking. Satisfying because of the poetic justice, but lacking because I wanted more. More of them, more of your writing, and some closure. The way I saw them in my mind's eye, 70 years isn't enough to stomp out that flame. Would they have fallen back into each other? Would Supreme Blade Prometheus be as merciful? Could their reputations have saved them a second time? I wanted more because your writing was too beautiful to end. T-T



Author's Response:

I am so incredibly humbled by this review. Thank you for taking the time to leave me such kind words. I was really nervous to post this piece because it's so out of my comfort zone, so hearing your praise means the world to me.

 

I do hope that you read Scythe! It's a fantastic book and a fantastic series. Neal Shusterman is easily one of my favorite authors.

 

I would love to write more of this relationship, actually. In the actual books, their relationship doesn't continue (or, at least, we don't see it continue). But I think there is certainly room for interpretation and I always saw their friendship as something more. Now that I've dipped my toe into this fandom, I am eager for more. And your review has encouraged me. :)

 

Thank you again!



Name: Chemical_Pixie (Signed) · Date: 16 Aug 2018 02:34 AM · [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Scythehood

Written for Quodpot Match 1!

 

I'm so stoked that there's a second chapter to this story! Despite not knowing the fandom, I started this portion with anticipation. What's going to happen years after Susan, now Curie's, infatuation with her mentor?

 

I get the sense that you didn't choose Marie Curie as Susan's Scythe name, but I still love how she's chosen that for herself. Even though it was heavily influence by a then-unrequited love, the inclusion of a female scientist.

 

Throughout the entire chapter, the chemisty (pun intended?) between Curie and Faraday is captured so brilliantly. The tension, the build up, the climax. Even though they are immortal, they have a great sense of humanity here. Alas, it doesn't last. It can't last in their universe.

 

The ending is so heartbreaking! I understand that the sentencing is part of the rule of law, and I admire how Curie accepts it. But Seven Deaths? How is she resurrected? Does she really die if she comes back so many times? 

 

But the final section, a vignette of an epilogue, is so far removed from the emotions from earlier. I can feel the sense of loss Curie feels, even when she sees Faraday again after all those years. It's altered her.

 

What a captivating piece of work. Thank you for writing this! I am definitely going to look into this fandom.



Author's Response:

Thank you so much for reading this story and leaving such kind reviews! I appreciate seeing your reactions and the questions that came up. They helped me to make some edits to clarify things a bit--so thank you!

 

Though I did go back and add this into the story, I wanted to answer your questions here as well: In this world, you can be revived if you die. The only time you stay dead is if you are "gleaned" by a Scythe. But if you die by an accident, murder, etc. then you can be revived. So that's what happens to these two. The recovery process is long and arduous, so that is essentially the punishment. They don't actually die, the just have to go through the pain of recovery.



Name: Chemical_Pixie (Signed) · Date: 16 Aug 2018 02:22 AM · starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Apprenticeship

Written for Quodpot Match 1!

 

What an incredible story! I haven't read much fan fiction outside of Harry Potter,  so this was a great way to expand my horizons as this challenge has been for you, too.

 

I am not familiar with this fandom at all, though this chapter has really piqued my interest. I want to find out more about this immortal world and how it came to be. Has there been some special technology invented or a vaccination against all disease? And who decides who gets to be essentially immortal, and who doesn't get access to the things needed to be this essentially immortal?

 

Despite these questions, I followed your story well, and I love how you captured the infatuation of a 17 year old girl. It's nice to see that the prospect of immortality doesn't change everything about human nature (I'm assuming they're humans here, ha). Her feelings toward her mentor are so believeable--I was rooting for them, despite knowing that it's forbidden (another similarity to the "mortal" world I know).

 

I loved the humilation scene. Not because Susan is humilitated but because I got to feel it with her. She's so strong to put it behind her and continue with her training. But I'm left with wanting her to continue to pursue this relationship anyway! 



Author's Response:

Thank you for your review!

 

Like I said in my previous review response, your questions here helped me to add a bit more detail to the story and it addressed the things that you were confused about. That was really helpful for me to see, because it's hard to know what things I'm leaving out. The fandom is familiar to me (obviously) so I have a hard time knowing what others don't know. I hope that makes sense! Anyway, I'm grateful to get your perspective. I think it made the story stronger in the end as I made edits.

 

But, yes, everyone is essentially immortal because humanity has created a cure for every disease and can even ressurect you from the dead. The Scythes are the only ones who can kill and they only do so to keep the population under control. They choose randomly and without bias. They are human, just very well-trained ones. :)



Name: justawillowtree (Signed) · Date: 11 Aug 2018 03:01 PM · starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Scythehood

Hi Gina! Back again! The first chapter was so compelling and ended on such an interesting note that I just couldn’t resist. Judging from the title, it looks like Susan’s going to become a Scythe, which is exciting!

 

Also I totally forgot to mention this in my last review, but this world is so cool. I love the concept of people called Scythes killing people to keep the population low. I love the fact that they made Commandments for this sort of thing. I love that they pick historical figures as their patrons. I just wanted to thank you for introducing this world to me! It sounds like I’d have a lot of fun reading the books (?).

 

AND WHAT AN ENDING. WOW.

 

First of all I love the concept that Scythes can “reset” their ages to whatever they want; it’s an interesting explanation of the immortality thing that was mentioned in the previous chapter. And I suppose the fact that Faraday and Curie (it’s so cute that their names are matching, and I love the name Curie so so much, though I feel like her intentions behind the name would’ve been kind of obvious haha) still were drawn to each other after so many years is impressive. The sentencing of them at the end was so poetic and beautiful; your writing style is honestly one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

 

That entire last section is just beautiful. <3

 

I’m definitely going to go check this fandom out now!! Thank you for writing for it!

 

[This review was left for Quadpot, for the category “chapters with zero reviews on them.”]

 

Love,

Eva



Name: justawillowtree (Signed) · Date: 11 Aug 2018 02:49 PM · starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Story:Seven Deaths Chapter: Apprenticeship

Hey Gina! So it looks like I’m going on a bit of an “Anything But Harry Challenge” reading rampage, so here I am!

 

AND HOW COMPELLING IS THIS?? I have absolutely never heard of this series (is this a series of books? eek) but the way you’ve told this story makes me want to read it so so badly. The world seems so interesting, and you’ve layed it out for all us non-readers/watchers (wow I should really figure out what this fandom is haha) so effortlessly that I feel like I’ve been reading in this fandom all along. I’m also glad you mentioned at the end which part of the story you decided to write fanfiction about; it helped provide a clearer frame for what was pure fanfiction and what was derived from the original. (Sometimes it’s just hard to tell to the point where everything reads like original fiction haha.)

 

I love the two characters you’ve written. I’m not entirely sure if I support their romance, because of the Commandments (I love that they have Commandments) and also because Susan seems to worship Faraday a lot. Like, a lot a lot. And that makes me a little nervous. I’m not sure if it’s entirely healthy to suppress like all your emotions like she did at the end there but I think it might be for the best? Idk. I’m curious to see how you end this!

 

“Those who don’t want to be Scythes are the only ones who should.” THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD LINE. It really made me stop and think for a good while.

 

Also, I really liked the little snippet you provided from the actual book (?). It was interesting to see where certain scenes came from! Anyway, beautiful job, and good luck in the challenge!

 

[This review was left for Quadpot, for the category “chapters with zero reviews on them.”]

 

Love,

Eva



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