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In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York : 2016
ISBN: 9781442472426
Branch Call Number: YF SHUS


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LoganLib_Kirra Jan 31, 2018

In the future people no longer fear death anymore with the ability to revive anyone and the elimination of disease, war and crime. So how do people’s lives come to an end? By the hand of a professional reaper, a scythe.

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Dec 30, 2018

From the beginning of the book I was hooked and was taken in by the lives of Citra and Rowan. I really liked Citra because she was out spoken and she fought for what was right the whole book. It was very interesting to see inside a world of so many scythes. How some of them would live, what they would aspire to and what kind of moral centres each one had. I can imagine that there would be some horrible scythes. Who do horrible things and some how get away with it. I’m not going to say anything about what happened. I am happy about how it ended and super excited to read the next one.

Dec 29, 2018

Awesome Book! It depends at what level the reader is at for an age rating.

Dec 28, 2018

Incredible setup and idea for the series. A page turner for sure. highly recommended if one enjoys the YA genre.

Dec 19, 2018

If a fan of Brave New World, 1984, or Handmaid's Tale, then dive right into this one. I love how "Teen" genre novels are on par with some of the better written adult fiction and this series is NO exception.

Dec 14, 2018

Thrilling story!

VaughanPLShelly Dec 14, 2018

Scythe begins with the idea that in a few hundred years, humans would have found a way to overcome death and disease. As a result, Scythes are charged with the task of arbitrarily choosing a few people a year to kill as a way to curb overpopulation. The novel follows two teenagers who become apprentices to a well-respected Scythe. It's a book with a unique premise and even though the topic is not light, it is very compelling.

Dec 13, 2018

Well written novel with a different twist on the notion that computers take over in the future.

Dec 13, 2018

In a world where old age can be reset and war, hunger, and disease are obsolete, humanity has conquered death. It is up to the Scythes to end people’s lives in order to handle population control. Two teens, Citra and Rowan, are selected by Scythe Faraday to train together to become a Scythe, though only one will succeed. But not all is well in the Scythedom and someone is planning to change the old rules, and not for the better. What can two apprentices do when they know that, if chosen to become a Scythe, their first act must be to glean the other? A powerfully built sci-fi world, Scythe is a great read for teens and adults of all ages. Hands down, it was probably the best book I have read this year.

JCLShannonG Dec 04, 2018

I couldn't put this one down. It was a tough read because of the psychological toll it takes on the reader, but it was so captivating.

Nov 12, 2018

Did anyone else notice that on the cover the space between the scythe blade and the robe is the shape of a face?

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Sep 06, 2018

“Well, she could learn self control tomorrow. Today she wanted pizza.”

JCLChrisK Nov 30, 2017

No one rages against the system anymore. At most, they just glare at it a bit.

Apr 26, 2017

She wanted to believe she wasn’t capable of it. She desperately wanted to believe she wasn’t Scythe material. It was the first time in her life that she aspired to fail.


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Dec 21, 2018

fairly good sci-fi about these people who are the designated gleaners of society, they choose who and how to lessen the population, and of course the corruption that occurs in a society where someone is all powerful over everyone else, and of course the good guys who always follow the rules

Apr 26, 2017

It has been three hundred years since humanity turned the corner, leaving behind the Age of Mortality. With the arrival of infinite computing power, a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead emerged to rule this new deathless society. But although accidental death is a thing of the past, humanity still lives on a single finite planet, and so population growth must be limited. This task was deemed to require a human conscience, not to be entrusted to a computer, and so the Scythedom was born. Citra and Rowan have been selected to apprentice to Scythe Faraday, a job that neither of them wants. But there is corruption at the heart of Scythedom, and the Thunderhead is powerless to intervene. Reform must come from within.


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