Scythe is the newest book by Neal Shusterman. It recently won a Printz Honor for distinguished books for teens. I read it for my book club. This book reminded me of a grittier, more disturbing version of The Giver which is my favorite book of all time. I wasn't thrilled that it was the first book in a series as I'm all about the stand alones these days. The story started off very strong, slowed down a little bit in the middle, and then picked up in a fierce and ferocious way. I couldn't put it down the last 100 pages!
My rating: 4 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
Thou shalt kill.
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.
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.