- Neal Shusterman
- Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
- ISBN-10: 1432876651
- ISBN-13: 9781432876654
- DDC: Fic
- Shipping Weight: 1.70 lbs ( .77 kgs)
- 678 Pages | Hardcover
- Published/Released August 2020
A New York Times Bestselling Author
A Printz Honor Winner
A National Book Award-Winning Author
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.
Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up | Lexile Measure: 830L
“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.”— Booklist (starred)