Move over dystopia, make way for utopia. In the future, Earth is transformed. Humans are ruled by the benevolent, all-knowing, all-powerful artificial intelligence known as “The Thunderhead”. It is a world without war, hunger, disease, and even death. If it sounds too good to be true, don’t fear. This is utopia in the hands of Neal Shusterman, the bestselling author of the Unwind dystology.
Post-mortality humanity must resort to the establishment of a society of Scythes to ensure population control. The only way to die is to be randomly gleaned (killed) by a professional reaper – a Scythe. Two teens, 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.
The first in a new series, Scythe is a fast-paced novel with unexpected twists and turns. There is no perfect world without consequences. What is the meaning of life when everyone lives in comfort forever? When we have nothing to strive for, what do we become? Will the path of the Scythes lead to compassion or corruption? There are more questions than answers as readers await book two, Thunderhead, due later this year.