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 adultsAlong 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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  1. Tracey Dyck Tracey Dyck says:

    Reapers The word conjures images of hoods, scythes, and shadows Death, ghosts, and the veil between here and eternity.This book delivered on pretty much all of the above, minus the scythes We ve got an urban setting, wandering souls, dark alleyways, grit, ethical dilemmas, futuristic tech, and the big dystopian staple untrustworthy power figures Reapers started out super interesting We get an engaging first look into Phoenix s everyday world a mostly solitary life of watching over his Chic Reapers The word conjures images of hoods, scythes, and shadows Death, ghosts, and the veil between here and eternity.This book delivered on pretty much all of the above, minus the scythes We ve got an urban setting, wandering souls, dark alleyways, grit, ethical dilemmas, futuristic tech, and the big dystopian staple untrustworthy power figures Reapers started out super interesting We get an engaging first look into Phoenix s everyday world a mostly solitary life of watching over his Chicago district, collecting souls, and smuggling medicine to the sick and dying in his neighborhood.But after the first bit, it felt like the story slowed down We spend four or five chapters following Phoenix, Singapore, and two other Reapers all the way to a Gateway depot and back Which isn t all bad, because although it was thoroughly detailed, it was necessary detail Without getting the process of reaping clear in my mind, I think I would ve floundered later on in the story But because everything was meticulously laid out right away, big explanations weren t needed later So really, I have just a small quibble with that pacing issue.Once I hit the midway point, the pace really picked up Big plans, sneaking around, action, danger yes I positively sped through the second half of the book The stakes keep rising, trust issues between characters get shakier, and the tension just all around builds.And can we just talk about the concept of reaping for a minute Because it s a really sad job to have I wouldn t want to be the one called to every deathbed, the one to sweet talk confused and wandering ghosts into trusting me, the one to carry the burden of all these souls to the Gateway Some of these Reapers are pretty epic heroes for doing all that Going into this book, I was interested to see how a Christian author would deal with the element of Grim Reapers and the afterlife Bryan Davis handled it really well Reapers lands in mainstream territory, so God isn t talked about, but everything was written tastefully One question this book asks is, What if souls didn t go to their eternal destination immediately, but had to be delivered there That s the role of the Reapers, but as the plot unfolds, we get the sense that this Gateway the souls go through is not what it seems That perhaps the public is being fed lies, and perhaps the Gatekeeper is not as virtuous as he makes himself out to be So now I m evencurious to see where the next two books take that idea In the meantime, this book offers solid themes on the value of human life, defending the defenseless, trust, honesty, and the kind of teamwork I ve come to expect from a cast of Bryan Davis characters Again, I sense that this novel is setting things up for fantastic character arcs in the rest of the trilogy And unlike many dystopians, this narrative had a thread of hope woven throughout.In conclusion, Reapers is a shadowy tale uncovering the dark underbelly of a once trusted institution It s a tale of risk, a tale of taking a stand when all around everyone else is turning a blind eye It s got humor, it s got heart, and once you get going, it s a hold your breath, edge of your seat kind of ride Full review on my blog


  2. k.m.s. k.m.s. says:

    This is truly an amazing novel The pacing is lightning fast and there were so many unexpected twists I could barely keep up The author uses the unique premise to its full potential I loved the world building, loved the characters, and the entire idea was just amazing There aredarker andmature elements in here than in Bryan Davis other novels, so I d recommend for 15 The one thing I wished there wasof is the theme However, since this was meant to be a face paced, action This is truly an amazing novel The pacing is lightning fast and there were so many unexpected twists I could barely keep up The author uses the unique premise to its full potential I loved the world building, loved the characters, and the entire idea was just amazing There aredarker andmature elements in here than in Bryan Davis other novels, so I d recommend for 15 The one thing I wished there wasof is the theme However, since this was meant to be a face paced, action packed dystopian, and that was just what it was, I m not complaining I would highly recommend this book to every dystopian reader


  3. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    What I thought I loved this book Because of Reapers, I now love the genre dytopian I wasn t sure I d like it since I m not usually one for supernatural books reapers, zombies, vampires, and the like, but there have been some great exceptions , but I didn t mind it at all in this book Anyways, Bryan Davis is my all time favorite author I ve loved every book of his, and this was no exception.This book was great and well written I was captivated from the start, and I loved it all throughout I What I thought I loved this book Because of Reapers, I now love the genre dytopian I wasn t sure I d like it since I m not usually one for supernatural books reapers, zombies, vampires, and the like, but there have been some great exceptions , but I didn t mind it at all in this book Anyways, Bryan Davis is my all time favorite author I ve loved every book of his, and this was no exception.This book was great and well written I was captivated from the start, and I loved it all throughout It had an interesting concept that was great I ve only read Bryan Davis write in third person, so when I began and found out that this was in the first person, I was surprised and impressed at how well he wrote the story.Characters I loved Phoenix And Mex And Noah who s name is changed later.I think my favorite was Mex I can t quite place what I like about him, but I just did.I did like Shanghai and Singapore man, aren t these all great names , but they re two girls with a nice, cute boy living right next to them So you get the idea Plot This book had a great plot I was instantly drawn into the book, not wanting to put it down.I loved the idea that the reapers, those who take souls to their final resting place ish , are actually trying to find out where exactly those dead souls go, not just dumping them carelessly aside Gives a little feeling to the stereotypical reaper.Problems I didn t really have any problems with this book No writing errors or plot holes or anything like that Other While this was a great book, I m not sure I would let Trevor my brother read this yet There s nothing inappropriate or anything, just I don t know about interest level and understanding and the sort.I would definitely recommend this book to some pre teens as said above, interest, understanding level, and romance y stuff But definitely to teenagers, and adults


  4. Darque Dreamer Darque Dreamer says:

    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 di 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


  5. Carrie-Anne Thomas Carrie-Anne Thomas says:

    I finished reading this at 2 00 in the morning So I need some time to process xP Full review coming later.


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Reapers is the first book in an action packed sci fi fantasy series by Bryan Davis In an almost post apocalyptic world the hero Phoenix attempts to serve his reaper sentence However, problems thwart him from every angle and force him to either stay true to his morals or abandon them all together When first reading the synopsis for Reapers I thought it was a really interesting and unique idea I think a lot of people, including myself, are fascinated with the idea of what comes after death and Reapers is the first book in an action packed sci fi fantasy series by Bryan Davis In an almost post apocalyptic world the hero Phoenix attempts to serve his reaper sentence However, problems thwart him from every angle and force him to either stay true to his morals or abandon them all together When first reading the synopsis for Reapers I thought it was a really interesting and unique idea I think a lot of people, including myself, are fascinated with the idea of what comes after death and this novel explores that Well, at least it explores how your soul gets from your body to its final resting place Davis took a spin on the typical reaper tale and made the Reapers in his book a staple in society They weren t imaginary symbols of death that children were scared of in the dark They were mythical creatures of death who had once been regular people, forced to serve the reaper sentence.The character dynamic was something I really enjoyed in the book I fell in love with our hero, Phoenix right away how could I not with such a great name The other characters sprinkled in through out the chapters Davis developed each character in such a way that was illuminating as well as intriguing Little details would be spread out here and there about each character, similar to a treasure map, where the X marked the spot when you finally, satisfyingly understood the character The plot in Reapers flowed well with actions at the beginning of the novel coming back to haunt the characters at the end The story had fast paced scenes and steadier ones that allowed my heart beat to slow and rest All in all, the plot of Reapers was a true moving story with a hundred different pieces that could have fallen apart if they weren t so expertly crafted The plot tied the novel together nicely and created an ending while also leaving things unanswered for the rest of the series I would recommend this novel to anyone who is fascinated with life and death, the future, or reapers as themselves This book might just become one of your favorites Disclaimer I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review


  7. Meagan Myhren-bennett Meagan Myhren-bennett says:

    ReapersBy Bryan DavisWithout Reapers the dead are trapped on earth, something is keeping them from moving on to the afterlife They wander in a state of confusion looking for those they have lost Reapers are a select group of people who have been trained to gather the souls of the dead and the dying, providing transport to the Gateway For the last 3 years Phoenix has been a Reaper collecting the souls within his district But Phoenix has been smuggling contraband to the poor, hoping to stave ReapersBy Bryan DavisWithout Reapers the dead are trapped on earth, something is keeping them from moving on to the afterlife They wander in a state of confusion looking for those they have lost Reapers are a select group of people who have been trained to gather the souls of the dead and the dying, providing transport to the Gateway For the last 3 years Phoenix has been a Reaper collecting the souls within his district But Phoenix has been smuggling contraband to the poor, hoping to stave off death another day But someone has discovered Phoenix s secret the only question is who knows Phoenix has come to the attention of the Gatekeeper and the Resistance and finds himself caught between these factions But why a teenage Reaper with just 3 years of service would be of importance has Phoenix baffled And of even greater concern anyone who means anything to him suddenly becomes leverage against him Discovering the truth about the Gateway and the Gatekeeper is imperative, but whom can he trust Several fellow Reapers are willing to aid Phoenix in his mission, but can he trust them And how can he determine the truth This is an intense and riveting story that just captures your attention, much as a Reaper collects a soul it pulls you in And I really, really want to read book 2 to find out what happens next What is the truth about the Gateway Have the Reapers been mislead about the true purpose of their soul collection Or is the Resistance the true deceiver And the Gatekeeper is really creepy, but who is he Anyone who has read Bryan Davis s previous books won t be disappointed, unless you want dragons Fans of Jill Williamson s Safe Lands series or Krista McGee s Anomaly series will want to pick up this series as well.I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review


  8. Anna Anna says:

    Once again Bryan Davis blows away his readers with this exciting new novel With a fresh concept, fascinating characters, and excellent pacing this may be one of his best stories yet.Death is a common thing and, when it comes, a Reaper is nearby to make it easier Unless the soul is extracted immediately after death, it will wander, lost, frightened, unable to enter the Gateway into eternity That is where the Reapers, highly trained individuals with the genetic ability to collect and transport Once again Bryan Davis blows away his readers with this exciting new novel With a fresh concept, fascinating characters, and excellent pacing this may be one of his best stories yet.Death is a common thing and, when it comes, a Reaper is nearby to make it easier Unless the soul is extracted immediately after death, it will wander, lost, frightened, unable to enter the Gateway into eternity That is where the Reapers, highly trained individuals with the genetic ability to collect and transport souls, come in But what truly lies beyond the Gateway Is it the heaven that the Gatekeeper claims that a Reaper desperately believes it is Or is it an unfair Hell, as the Resistance freakishly decries It s up to a band of suspicious and suspect Reapers to find out once and for all.The collection of protagonists, one very, very evil villain, and some completely unpredictable allies, Reapers has a fascinating character set 1 Phoenix, our main character, is a lonely young Reaper with high standards and firm beliefs He smuggles medicine to the sick and dying in his district, hoping to hold off death just a bit longer and give people a chance to survive in the Chicago slums He is loyal to a literal fault, but doesn t quite know whom to trust as he struggles to find hope and the truth behind the Gateway.2 Singapore is a new Reaper with a shady past Her mother, Tokyo, was the greatest Reaper the world has known But what is she hiding Andimportantly whose side is she on 3 Shanghai is a Reaper Phoenix has known since childhood Well on her way to being the next Tokyo, why has she suddenly appeared in his life again 4 Alex is the most heinous villain that Bryan Davis has ever created to date She really is pure evil.This book will capture you quickly and will not turn loose until long after the final page


  9. Kristy Kristy says:

    From the Christain young adult fantasy writer who is best known for Dragons In Our Midst, this is a brand new series that was just released last month It s a dystopian supernatural tale set in a time when chosen teenagers are trained to reap souls upon death and transport them to everlasting peace at the Gatewayexcept that they s been lied to and the Gatekeeper is a tyrannical beast and the souls delivered are not safe but betrayed How I don t know yet, since this is only book 1, but man From the Christain young adult fantasy writer who is best known for Dragons In Our Midst, this is a brand new series that was just released last month It s a dystopian supernatural tale set in a time when chosen teenagers are trained to reap souls upon death and transport them to everlasting peace at the Gatewayexcept that they s been lied to and the Gatekeeper is a tyrannical beast and the souls delivered are not safe but betrayed How I don t know yet, since this is only book 1, but man does Bryan Davis paint a great start to a new kind of story Likely to read rest of series YES


  10. Jenny Balsamo Jenny Balsamo says:

    Reapers by Bryan Davis is a refreshing, dystopian novel that dives into the enthralling supernatural tale of two teenage reapers.Seeing the first book for the first time, I immediately got thrilled because the blurb has a one of a kind concept World Building The world building is an important part, especially for science fiction, dystopian and fantasy Fortunately, the author did a good job crafting it superbly The setting was vividly described and the concepts introduced were well detailed Reapers by Bryan Davis is a refreshing, dystopian novel that dives into the enthralling supernatural tale of two teenage reapers.Seeing the first book for the first time, I immediately got thrilled because the blurb has a one of a kind concept World Building The world building is an important part, especially for science fiction, dystopian and fantasy Fortunately, the author did a good job crafting it superbly The setting was vividly described and the concepts introduced were well detailed Even the small ones, such as how reapers cloaks are, how reapers were determined and trained, and the valve attached to each reaper, made the world real The only thing that lacked in details was what happened in the past For me, it would have beeninteresting if the author putdetails why they ended up in that situation Maybe he just wanted to focuson the present time rather than dwelling on the past.Writing The writing style was simple and very easy to understand The story was told by Phoenix s POV which made the storyengaging Also, the author also used foreshadowing many times which gave hints and reasons for what might actually happen I like how these things built both mystery and suspense that made the book hard to put down The dialogues and interactions of the characters were all very serious It was totally understandable and expected given the situation they were in However, a little sense of humor wouldn t hurt, right Plot I haven t read any books where the main characters are reapers because usually, their characters reflect darkness or sometimes they are associated with the bad guys So reading a book where they are the main characters is both refreshing and compelling The plot moved quickly, the action was always present, and the conflicts would keep you on the edge I enjoyed how the small, bizarre details were unfolded as the story went Also, there is a lot of violence due to its theme of death I really enjoyed reading most of the book except for the last few chapters Mainly because I was a little confused about what was happening and everything just happened too fast I really hope the second book would give light to what happened at the end of the first book.Characters Okay, let s start with the main protagonist Phoenix was a loyal reaper who wanted what was best for his district even when he had to break some protocols against the Council Being lonely for quite some time, he was easily distracted and absorbed in thoughts when he was with her two female companions, who were both interested in him To be fair, it was mentioned that it was Phoenix s flaw which he inherited from his grandfather Next is Singapore, Sing for short She was a new reaper who was assigned next to Phoenix s district She easily connected with Phoenix and eventually, became one of his love interest She hid a lot of mysteries about herself which made her character intriguing The third one is Shanghai, a badass reaper who was Phoenix s childhood friend She s straightforward, and always do what she thought was right Lastly, Alex is the main antagonist in this book She s heartless, manipulative and did vicious things just to get what she wanted There isn t much character development in the story since there was no conflict presented that would challenge their characters Overall, Reapers is a quick, gripping novel that readers would love to read I recommend it to everyone, especially dystopian book lovers If you are looking for a new, remarkable story, you should grab a copy of this book.Thank you, Bryan Davis, for giving me an opportunity to review your book in exchange for an honest review