Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Teen Tuesday: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Arc of a Scythe #1. 435 p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, November, 2016. 9781442472426. (Own)

Teen Tuesday features Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Scythe is book one of a planned trilogy called The Arc of the Scythe that takes place in a future when disease has been eradicated and citizens can opt to undergo a procedure called resetting, to become younger looking. Individuals can theoretically live for centuries. Is that a good thing? To prevent the planet from rampant overpopulation, individuals called scythes are tasked with controlling the population by randomly gleaning people. But there's discord in the scythed with the "new guard" demanding changes that may endanger the general population. The very best sci-fi dystopian has a plausibility that is rooted in our dystopian present. Shusterman is a master of provocative dystopian science fiction. He creates fascinating characters and unbearable suspense with whip-smart writing.  This is a page-turner. While there is a resolution of sorts, the story is far from over and readers will pant for the next installment, Thunderhead. Some student fans have already read Thunderhead and are dying for book three. 

I read this one with my ears and highly recommend it that way as well.

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