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

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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

Description


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 newest 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.

Praise For…


"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

them."
— Maggie Reagan
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442472433
ISBN-10: 144247243X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 28th, 2017
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Arc of a Scythe