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Scythe

Scythe

Arc of a Scythe Series, Book 1

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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dagny49
May 06, 2021

buzzfeed book suggestion

FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

Scythe is an incredible start to a dystopian trilogy that brings up a lot of questions. How much is too much technology? Who calls the shots in a corrupt government? How can citizens fight against corruption? These are scarily familiar questions within our own day and age and it implores readers to think about it. In addition to this, Citra and Rowan are incredibly likeable and relatable characters, which makes the story that much more interesting. With its incredible world-building, timely topics and well rounded characters, it is no wonder Scythe was a 2017 ALA Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book as well as on the 2018 Texas Lonestar Reading List.

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r__shei
Apr 01, 2021

I find the concept of this futuristic world really interesting. I really liked the friendship and chemistry that developed between Citra and Rowan overtime. At times, I disliked the characters because they were a bit cringey. I really disliked Goddard because of his attitude and how he acted. I liked how wholesome Scythe Faraday and Curie were towards the kids. I would give this book 5 stars because I enjoyed reading it and it had a really good plot. I am glad it did not have a bad ending, which it could’ve had.

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black_dove_71
Mar 24, 2021

This is quite honestly one of my favorite books/trilogies I have ever read. The characters were great, their struggles were real, and the world was well-written. The series takes a turn you don't necessarily expect, but the story remains great through all three books. The plot is solid and the writing is awesome. I would 10/10 recommend it to everyone.

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dstradling
Feb 20, 2021

This is certainly one of the better YA dystopian novels I've read. The characters are all unique, interesting, and believable. Their struggles are meaningful, if a little unrealistic (dystopia, though). The pacing was really consistent, with genuine surprises in the plot along the way.

The sci-fi elements are not explained much, which is for the better because, as with most YA, they would not hold up well under close scrutiny (I'm talking mainly of the nanites. And the regeneration). I would not hesitate to recommend this book to a teen. It explores the complexity of what it means to be young, to be human, and to be mortal.

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Braedenlanger96
Feb 02, 2021

Good Book 📖

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SofiaLB_2
Jan 25, 2021

I absolutely loved this coming-of-age-type of book. The relationships that are constantly building and falling in this novel are so intriguing to be apart of. Especially Rowan and Citra's. From the moment they are chosen to be apprentices together, they are bound to be good friends. I would recommend this title if you prefer dystopian and captivating adventures.

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 15, 2021

This is such a thought provoking book. There are so many interesting concepts discussed in this book and it is a very interesting (and potentially overly-optimistic) imagining of what the future could look like.

I like the idea of a benevolent computer taking care of humanity because people are just too corrupt and this is shown in the scythdom which the Thunderhead has no control over but which is in charge of delivering death to humanity.

The idea of a future where everyone can just live for as long as they like (until they are gleaned) is awesome. Everything is taken care of. You are given a job if you want one. You don't have to worry about money or food. The Thunderhead even provides an outlet for 'unsavouries' and tonists who think mortality was better and follow the teachings and ways of the 'mortal age'.

Despite all of these very big ideas and musings on morality throughout the book it didn't feel 'heavy'. It was engaging and action-packed.

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Dragonxx
Jan 13, 2021

This is legit one of my favourite books... I read it in about two days. I couldn't put down the book. I love the concept, and the ending was pretty cool. I have both Thunderhead and The Toll (I don't know how I got both of them at the same time because they're so popular) so I'm pretty excited!

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Bensjammin33
Dec 16, 2020

Very well thought out and interesting. This book was very hard to put down once I picked it up! Follow Rowan Damisch and Citra Terranova as the train to become expert life takers. This book can be violent at times so people younger than 12 should refrain from reading it. Other than that this was a really good book!

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Feb 20, 2021

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Mar 17, 2020

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Mar 14, 2020

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Jul 01, 2019

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My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There's no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.

"Remember, good intentions pave many roads. And not all of them lead to hell."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"Guilt is the idiot cousin of remorse."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"Outside the rain finally began to fall, surging in fits and starts. “I love the way it rains here,” he told her. “It reminds me that some forces of nature can never be entirely subdued. They are eternal, which is a far better thing to be than immortal."

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Marleny_Martini
Apr 04, 2019

"Everyone is guilty of something, and everyone still harbors a memory of childhood innocence, no matter how many layers of life wrap around it. Humanity is innocent; humanity is guilty, and both states are undeniably true."

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jmath_
Mar 08, 2019

"We become settled in the inconsequential drudgery of our lives, until suddenly we look at ourselves in the mirror and see a face we barely recognize begging us to turn a corner and be young again"

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rslars001
Sep 06, 2018

“Well, she could learn self control tomorrow. Today she wanted pizza.”

JCLChrisK Nov 30, 2017

No one rages against the system anymore. At most, they just glare at it a bit.

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shayshortt
Apr 26, 2017

She wanted to believe she wasn’t capable of it. She desperately wanted to believe she wasn’t Scythe material. It was the first time in her life that she aspired to fail.

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zacarias_jessica
Jan 16, 2020

In a world where we take life for granted behind computer screens and instagram accounts Scythe has come along and reminded us that life is out here waiting to happen.

Imagine a society where if you put yourself at risk of death an appointed Scythe gleans you. This is all done to control overpopulation. Sounds to me like insurance companies except they don't kill you they just up your payment. Natural death is old school and in this post-mortal age two friends are chosen to be Scythes. The Scythenom appoints them as apprentice scythes until their final test: to glean each other. Who will win?

I enjoyed reading this book because damn can you imagine? The advanced technology used in the story seems like it could really happen. Not the gleanings of course but the artificial intelligence, the way humans deal with disease. It really made me wonder.

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fiacono2
Dec 21, 2018

fairly good sci-fi about these people who are the designated gleaners of society, they choose who and how to lessen the population, and of course the corruption that occurs in a society where someone is all powerful over everyone else, and of course the good guys who always follow the rules

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shayshortt
Apr 26, 2017

It has been three hundred years since humanity turned the corner, leaving behind the Age of Mortality. With the arrival of infinite computing power, a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead emerged to rule this new deathless society. But although accidental death is a thing of the past, humanity still lives on a single finite planet, and so population growth must be limited. This task was deemed to require a human conscience, not to be entrusted to a computer, and so the Scythedom was born. Citra and Rowan have been selected to apprentice to Scythe Faraday, a job that neither of them wants. But there is corruption at the heart of Scythedom, and the Thunderhead is powerless to intervene. Reform must come from within.

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NicePerson_290
Mar 14, 2020

Violence: There is a lot of death.

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NicePerson_290
Mar 14, 2020

Sexual Content: People mention sleeping together.

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