Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, 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.

Product details

  • Age Range: 12 and up 
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 0830
  • Series: Arc of a Scythe (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 22, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442472421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442472426