· Arc of a Scythe Book 1 · Sold by Simon and Schuster
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A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

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.
423 reviews
Dragon Insomniac
September 20, 2021
I am not really a huge fan of dystopian books, but this one really intriuged me! I couldn't put it down - this is definatley a book I am guilty of reading in bed with a flashlight! If you are wondering about if this book is right for you: Violence: 5/10 In my honest opinion, this book sounds violent. It isn't. Yes, there are killing senes and weapons (inculding firearmes, maces, and knives) mentioned throught the book. Don't worry, it's not too bad. It's notscary, but I would keep readers under the age of 12 away from it for other reasons. Drinking, dugs, ect.: 2/10 Almost no drugs are present but there is a slight mention of drinking near the middle of the book. Large words: 8/10 There are many large words in this book that can improve comprehention! Again, some children will not understand the plot because of this. Overall, this is THE best book and I highly recomend it!
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Mr Savini
March 23, 2018
This book is very intriguing and it really shows how the genre is biopunk, this book, is one that I would read any time I could, and I can;t out it down
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Madison Mason
January 2, 2017
Very good read. Even though it was a little predictable at times, it was still a very well written and book. And can not wait for book 2.
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About the author

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his latest series, Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. Neal is the father of four, all of whom are talented writers and artists themselves. Visit Neal at and

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