Thou shalt kill. 


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.

About the Book

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Series Arc of a Scythe (Book 1)

Format Hardcover, 435 pages

Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date November 22, 2016

Status November 27 – December 2, 2017

My rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


In the future, the digital cloud has transformed into the self-aware Thunderhead, whose benevolent totalitarian rule has turned the planet into a utopia. There’s no poverty or crime, and everyone is guaranteed immortality… Well, almost everyone.

Because babies are still being born, population growth must be limited. Thus evolved the Scythes, an organization whose members are charged with “gleaning” citizens at random. Sixteen-year-old Citra and Rowan are chosen by a Scythe named Faraday to train as apprentices. Neither likes the idea, but they’re given no choice. Later, Citra becomes an apprentice to Curie, a legendary Scythe, but Rowan is apprenticed to Goddard, who kills for sadistic pleasure.

Neal Shusterman has written a thought-provoking, futuristic dystopian tale that begs readers to question death, society, human error and ego. Hand this highly suspenseful, sci-fi thriller to teens who enjoy dystopian books such as Divergent and Hunger Games; they will not be disappointed.