Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Posted on 10/29/2020
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"Students like that it is a fast-paced adventure series set in a future that is not (seemingly) dystopian."

Renee Ziemann, librarian, Sale Creek Middle/High



Scythe by Neal Shusterman is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Sale Creek Middle/High. It is a world with no hunger, no disease, war, and 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 to keep the population's size 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.  Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes with a hefty price.


 Editorial Reviews


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"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 Reviews


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023