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Summer Reading 2018: Scythe-No Longer Available!

All the book choices for Summer Reading 2018. Have questions? Ask Sarah, Katie or Hilda

About the book

Scythe

by Neal Shusterman

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. --Goodreads.com

"Elegant and elegiac, brooding but imbued with gallows humor, Shusterman's dark tale thrusts realistic, likeable teens into a surreal situation and raises deep philosophic questions. A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning." --Kirkus Review
"...this deals in what happens to men when there are no monsters. When our reach does not exceed our grasp, when comfort is more easily obtained than struggle, when our essential humanity doesn't burn out but becomes slowly irrelevant, what becomes of us? Readers will find many things in these pages. -- Booklist (starred review)

About the reader

  Cathleen Sheehan, English

Cathleen previously recommended:

  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
  • The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Among the Thugs by Bill Buford