Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) (Hardcover)

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Set in a distant future where the world has evolved into a perfect state of being. There is no war, no sickness, no hunger, there is not even death.  But even in a perfect world there must be balance.  There must be a way to control the population before it gets too out of hand.  That is where the Scythes come in. Their job is to cull the population in the most fair and impartial way.  Citra and Rowan have been chosen to apprentice one of the most notable Scythes and now have the unfortunate task of learning the art of taking life.  A startlingly realistic portrayal of humanity at it’s best and worst.  Scythe is one of those books that makes you question if a “perfect world” can ever really that perfect after all.

— Kathy


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442472426
ISBN-10: 1442472421
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2016
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Arc of a Scythe