Scythe - Arc of a Scythe (Paperback)
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Scythe - Arc of a Scythe (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 01/02/2018
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In a perfect world, what is there left to fear?

A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.

In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes.

Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406379242
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 309 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


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This powerful tale is guaranteed to make readers think deeply. - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This first volume in an anticipated trilogy offers forbidden love, mass murders, cool philosophical musings, and a well-developed futuristic society—plenty to guarantee interest in the planned two followups. - BCCB (starred review)

Shusterman starts off this series in dramatic fashion as he creates an engrossing world that pulls readers in and refuses to let them go… A truly astounding, unputdownable read and a fast-paced beginning to an excellent sci-fi series. A must-have. - School Library Journal (starred review)

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 (starred review)

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 review)

Waterstones Buttermarket Young Adult Bookclub

Waterstones Buttermarket Young Adult Bookclub

Bury St Edmunds - Butter Market
Sunday 23rd June 15:00

Waterstones Buttermarket Young Adult Bookclub Meeting 3pm, Sunday 23rd June in our Cafe This month we are reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser. Suitable for 14+

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Diana O. at Aylesbury

“Perfect”

Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors. I love how raw his stories are. He is the true master of dystopia. He blew me away with Unwind, and again with Scythe. I was really impressed with how much his writing... More

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“Deep and Unnerving ”

I don't usually read dystopian fiction, but I absolutely loved this book and I'm so glad I got a copy to review. Though the subject matter is dark, it is dealt with really well, I found it a really smooth... More

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Kelly at Aviemore

“Different and addictive.”

How tricky must morality be when the human race has reached the stage of immortality but the population must still be reduced in order to be sustainable? In this dystopian YA novel 'Scythe's' are the... More

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