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

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Can you imagine a world where illness and death have been eliminated and people are governed by an all-knowing, benevolent and non-judgmental digital cloud that has evolved into a sentient entity known as “Thunderhead “?  This is the world of Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and the only glitch is that a small number of people must be eliminated each year in order to prevent overcrowding.  A small group of humans, known as “Scythes,” have been selected to ensure that these necessary deaths are handled in a nondiscriminatory and humane fashion.  But what happens when some of the Scythes break the rules and operate in their own self-interest?  When Citra and Rowan are selected to apprentice for one of the Scythes, they must decide whom they can trust—each other, their Scythes or Thunderhead.   This amazing dystopian novel is promising start to Shusterman’s next series!  Ages 12+

— From Staff Reviews

One of my favorite books of 2016! Shusterman is a genius who has created a fascinating dystopic future and amazing characters that stayed with me for days. I loved it! - Shoshana

— From Young Adult Faves


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 and

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