“My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”


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.

Personal Experiences 

I don’t know why I didn’t finish this book. It was astounding. Beautiful.

I don’t know if you’ve ever read a Neal Shusterman book, but his books are very deep. They challenge the rules and thoughts of nature. This book was no different. It challenged the art of death.

I don’t know if you’ve ever wondered how the world would would be if all it’s problems were solved. Yes, there would never be any more hunger or disease. All good right? No. Then the question becomes how would we control the population? That’s the question Shusterman attempts to answer. And boy, does he answer it.

I don’t know if you will ever read this book. I probably will never know. But what I do know, is that you clicked on this post because it interested you. If that summary even vaguely interested you, I suggest – no I demand – that you read this book. I promise, it won’t fail you.


“I think all young women are cursed with a streak of unrelenting foolishness, and all young men are cursed with a streak of absolute stupidity.”

“Hope in the shadow of fear is the world’s most powerful motivator.”

“Mortals fantasied that love was eternal and its loss unimaginable. Now we know neither is true. Love remained mortal, while we became eternal.” 

Where to find Scythe

Indie Bound*

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Scythe (#1) by Neal Shusterman," in {sereneharoon.com}, February 18, 2018, http://sereneharoon.com/2018/02/scythe-1-by-neal-shusterman/.

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