Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) (Paperback)
I woke up one night at 2 am and, unable to fall back asleep, picked up this book thinking it would aid in that endeavor. That was simultaneously one of the worst and best decisions I've made in years--I didn't go to sleep until 7 in the morning because the book turned out to be so good!!! Neal Shusterman does what he does best, and what makes him one of my all-time favorite authors: delivers an irresistibly engaging page-turner of a story which simultaneously discusses serious, meaningful, thought-provoking subjects. The fun and dark balance each other to such perfection that people of any age could read his work and get different things out of it. In Scythe, Shusterman tackles the meaning of life and death when neither exist naturally any longer, and, of course, which shusterman it's not just about the superficial problem-- the main characters adventures make them have to think about human nature, good and evil, power, corruption, human rights, and more. Un-freaking-believable how amazing this was. Is. Forever will be. Read it!!
Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.
About the Author
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves. Visit Neal at StoryMan.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.
"Elegant and elegiac, brooding but imbued with gallows humor, Shusterman's dark tale thrusts realistic, likeable teens into a surreal situation and raises deep philosophic questions. A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Shusterman is no stranger to pushing boundaries. Scythe owes an obvious debt to Unwind (2007) and its
sequels, and this succeeds as a sort of shadow companion to Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy: instead
of exploring the ways in which men are monsters, this deals in what happens to men when there are no
monsters. When our reach does not exceed our grasp, when comfort is more easily obtained than struggle,
when our essential humanity doesn’t burn out but becomes slowly irrelevant, what becomes of us?
Readers will find many things in these pages. Answers to such unsettling questions will not be among
— Maggie Reagan