Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Reaper’s Quota by Sarah McKnight. The Reaper’s Quota was the 5th place finalist in BBNYA 2022! Thank you to the TWR team and the BBNYA team for organising this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Title: The Reaper’s Quota
Author: Sarah McKnight
Length: 190 Pages
Genre: Dark Humour, Satire
Date Published: 10 November 2021
Buy the Book: Amazon
Meet Grim Reaper #2497. Behind on his work, he must complete his quota of thirty Random Deaths or face termination in the worst way. Faced with an insurmountable task and very little time to complete it, Reaper #2497 struggles to hang on to the one thing he’s not supposed to have – his humanity.
This was one of the more fun books that I’ve read in a while. This book is dark and unique, and full of moments that brought me joy.
The Reaper’s Quota follows Grim Reaper #2497, also known as, Steve. As Reaper #2497 has a problem, he’s having a hard time reaching his random death quota each month. He’s been having more and more flashbacks of his human life, which isn’t supposed to happen, and he’s trying desperately to hold onto his humanity. He tries to find reasons to justify each of his random deaths, instead of behaving like his colleagues and performing his duties with no emotions at all.
This book had so many moments that were just fun to read. I loved the descriptions of Reaper Headquarters, Steve’s commentary about everything that was going on around him, and the random death reports. I thought that this book was very clever and very easy to get into. The book was dark because it’s full of death, but I also found it kind of hopeful. Steve was the kind of character that I could root for and I wanted him to do well.
One thing to note, this book ends on a cliffhanger, so you’ll want to have book two nearby when you finish this one.
Sarah McKnight has been writing stories since she could pick up a pencil, and it often got her in trouble during math class. After a brief stint teaching English to unruly middle schoolers in Japan, she decided she wasn’t going to put off her dream of becoming a writer any longer and set to work. With several novels in the making, she hopes to tackle issues such as anxiety, depression, and letting go of the past – with a little humor sprinkled in, too. A St. Louis native, she currently lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderful husband and three cats. You can find her on Twitter @mcknight_writes and www.sarahmcknightwrites.com.