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.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on November 22, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442472421
ISBN-13: 9781442472426
19 Book Reviews
  • c00lkiddd
    c00lkiddd2 months55 starsFeatured
    The future has been very prosperous. Humans have conquered nature. The government has been replaced by a powerful A.I. called the Thunderhead. Death and disease have been eradicated. In a world where there is nothing else to discover, people live just for the pleasure of it. However, manual death must replace natural death. Thus, the Scythedom is born, consisting of people experienced in the art of killing. The time for new scythes roll around and Citra and Rowan are chosen as apprentices of the same scythe. In an unfortunate turn of events, Citra and Rowan, who have come to like each other's presence very much, are made to fight each other for the name of the scythe. However, there is a catch. The newly welcomed scythe has to kill the loser. This book has quickly become one of my favorites. This is the first book in a series written by Neal Shusterman, called “Arc Of Scythe.” Neal Shusterman is an efficient writer. He writes the story in such a way that it embraces you and pulls you into the book. My goal was to read 100 pages a day but this book fascinated me so much that sometimes I would end up reading 170 pages. It is the first book in the series and I must say, it is written well. The story has a fair amount of unexpected plot twists. Sometimes I just keep reading and forget that I am reading a book, not a living one. The sentences are not hard to understand either. Fairly simple sentences. I also saw some new words but was easily able to figure them out by reading the sentence. I would recommend this book to people above the age of eleven. Children below the age of eleven won't understand it fully as there is a lot of death and some swearing. Science fiction and dystopian lovers must read this book as you cannot take your eyes off of it. If you plan on reading small series I would recommend you start with this one. Overall, it’s a great and amazing book. 5/5 star.
  • itzk8
    itzk83 months55 stars
    Killer Read! I recommend the book Scythe by Neal Shusterman. It is a dystopian novel that takes place in 2042. Death has been eliminated. To keep the population balanced, Scythes are tasked with taking human lives. Citra and Rowan are both scythe apprentices wanting to become scythes, but only one of them will become a scythe. Topics addressed include death, survival, and enemies. This book has a very interesting concept about death and kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a dystopian/futuristic/adventure read.
    • uniman10
      uniman104 months55 stars
      This was an amazing book that was extremely well written. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read a bit of science fiction/utopia books!!!
      • dream_beyond
        dream_beyond9 months55 stars
        I really enjoyed Scythe by Neal Shusterman! So this book follows the lives of two people, Citra and Rowan, who are taken on to be apprentices of Scythe Faraday. I would say this book surprised me in lots of ways (because as you know there are some books that are predictable, which just make the book boring). I will admit that there are some scenes that get intense BUT it is still a wonderful book! I love the characters personalities and the new world they live in, it's really exciting!! So, I definitely recommend this book, but more for ages 11 - 12+. Have a great rest of the day and..... Happy Reading!!
        • scythe123
          scythe123over 1 year55 stars
          Great. It was a little violent at some times, and a little convoluted too, but it was still great. I love the dystopian world, too!
          • kurz
            kurzover 1 year55 stars
            SO good !!! I love how everyone in the world is immortal but can still die!!! It kind of ironic !!!
            • max110
              max110about 2 years55 stars
              Very well crafted book. An imaginative futuristic world with powerful characters,some hiding secrets or plans for themselves.Beware,the Scythes are plotting.Maybe for older readers.Although it says five in the rating below,I give it 4.5
              • Goododoover 2 years
                This book was the best book ever the scythes are ver inconspicuous and dangerous. They are very weird especially Citra and Rowan
                • 🕰Antique Girl👒about 3 years
                  This book is so amazing it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me i don’t care what other people say this book is awesome I love all the scythes in the story so much and I like to draw them
                  • HIover 3 years
                    This book is amazing it grips you in and is an awesome book it is about two kids who live in a world controlled by The Thunderhead or AI they humans cannot die unless a scythe kills them but the word in this story is glean this is needed to keep the population under control these two kids are chosen to be trained to be a scythe so will they hate their job or love it read scythe to find out