Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Inside cover blurb:

Thou shalt kill.

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.


I was unsure of this book at first, but this is dystopia done right. A futuristic world that resembles our own just enough to make you feel slightly uncomfortable…in a good way, I promise. And it features some impossibly cool Cloud technology.

Plus: Original concept. Thought-provoking. Broad appeal across readers. Just look at that cover!

Minus: Unnecessary afterthought of a romance. Why must everything be a series?

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