Arc of the Scythe Trilogy

Arc of the Scythe Trilogy

Two teens are forced to murder—maybe each other—in 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.

The futuristic post–2042 MidMerican world is both dystopia and utopia, free of fear, unexpected death, and blatant racism—multiracial main characters discuss their diverse ethnic percentages rather than purity—but also lacking creativity, emotion, and purpose. Elegant and elegiac, brooding but imbued with gallows humor, Shusterman’s dark tale thrusts realistic, likable teens into a surreal situation and raises deep philosophic questions. A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. – Kirkus Starred Review

  • Fiction
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Interest Level: YA / Ages 12-17
  • Author: Neal Shusterman
  • 464 - 640 Pages
  • 5.7” x 8.1” x 2.2”
  • Hardcover Editions
  • For Teens who love: Unwind (also by Neal Shusterman), Throne of Glass, Gone, Miss Peregrine's


Arc of the Scythe Trilogy
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe Series #1)
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe Series #2)
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe Series #3)




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