Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, Book 1) by Neal Shusterman

img_8880My apologies for not posting for a few weeks, work has been crazy. I’ve been to Amherst, Seattle and Annapolis in the last couple of days and well blogging has taken a back seat.

However, I bring to you one of my new favorite books of 2016, Scythe by Neal Schusterman. Now you know how much I love the Unwind series. … uh but you haven’t read the last book. Yes, you are correct. I have not read the last book in the series because what will I read after it? Well, now I know the answer to that question. Arc of a Scythe is gonna be fan-freaken-tastic!

Scythe, like the Unwind series, is a deeply philosophical look at death and mortality and AI. You know, simple stuff. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who live in a world where the growth of the human race is complete. There is nothing left to learn. Humanity has conquered all the knowledge in the universe, so much so that even death is not a problem. Humanity has nothing really to aspire to. It’s all about eternal maintenance of life. While ‘progress’ has become stagnant, the population continues to grow. The simple truth is that people have to die. You see, the ratio of population growth requires that a certain number of people have to be ‘gleaned’ aka killed each year because no one can ‘naturally’ die. Scythe have been tasked with gleaning people. Their role in society is the randomly select people to kill to keep the population in balance.

Citra and Rowan have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, despite wanting nothing to do with the gleaning. Scythe follows their journey as they learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do. Scythe is richly complex and of course nothing is as it seems. The characters are believable. The world building is simply phenomenal. We follow Citra and Rowan on their journey but we are also exposed to the larger political players and issues in this society.

Such an extraordinary outstanding book, Scythe comes out Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016. Pre-order your copy TODAY!

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