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Fiction: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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.
By: Neal Shusterman
Book Group Leader: Emily Graham
Goodreads: 4.24 Stars
Amazon: 4.7 Stars
Ms. Smith’s Review: 5 Stars “Absolutely LOVED this book!! It grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until the last page. Can't WAIT for the next installment.” (Which is already available and is called Thunderhead)
Awards/Honors: Michael L. Printz Award Nominee (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2017), Star reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA).
Gr 8 Up-In a world in which humanity has conquered death (no aging, no disease, no poverty, no war), ruled by the Thunderhead, an omniscient evolution of today's cloud, Scythes are the only ones who are allowed to take a human life. They are considered to be the best humanity has to offer, and they roam the world "gleaning" people in order to keep the population in check. Scythes are treated like royalty and feared. The last thing Citra Terranova and Rowan Damisch want is to become Scythes, but when they are chosen by Scythe Faraday to become his apprentices, they are thrown into a life in which they need to master the art of death. They prove to be apt pupils, but when Scythe Faraday mysteriously gleans himself and Citra and Rowan are apprenticed to two other fearsome Scythes, they will have to put their skills to the test against each other. Intertwined with the fascinating concept of humanity conquering death and the idea of Scythes is the prospect that perhaps this is not the ideal world in which to live. Humanity has perfected itself-so what does that leave it to accomplish? Shusterman starts off this series in dramatic fashion as he creates an engrossing world that pulls readers in and refuses to let them go. VERDICT A truly astounding, unputdownable read and a fast-paced beginning to an excellent sci-fi series. A must-have.-Tyler Hixson, School Library Journal © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.
Other books by Neal Shusterman: The Unwind series, The Skinjacker Series, Challenger Deep, and Full Til