Teaser Tuesday: Scythe

Teaser TuesdayHappy first day of Spring! A season of new beginnings, transformation, hope and rebirth; most importantly to me–warmer weather and greater sunlight. Today’s teaser book promises much darker themes, it’s all moral deliberation, philosophical paradoxes and wrangling over the value of human life vs. the greater good; not a breezy read, but so intensely compelling.

TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can join, just open your current read to a random page and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences (no spoilers, just enticing bait to lure would-be readers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments.

Scythe (Arc of the Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman, 435 pgs.


He introduced himself as Rowan, and they shook hands just as the lights dimmed, the curtain went up and the music exploded too lush and loud for them to be able to hold a conversation. The opera was Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, The Force of Destiny, but it clearly wasn’t destiny that had hurled these two together; it was a very deliberate hand. p.34-35

In the dystopian world of Scythe, even the power of opera is muted as it’s themes of dangerous love, war and vengeance are past relics, no longer present in this world where humans have mastered death. 

GoodReads synopsis:

“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 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.”

As I mentioned in my March/April TBR, I’m doing a read-along with my niece because Scythe is required reading for her English Festival participation. I wasn’t stoked to read this young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel, and now I cannot put it down. A study guide’s included, which I haven’t checked out yet because I don’t like to be influenced by leading questions, but I’m excited to get to it, a study guide! Not since reading The Time Traveler’s Wife in 2006, has my brain encountered as many mind-bending twisty-turns while pondering plot implications. Ponder along with me, if this sounds interesting. Or if you’ve read through the second book in the series, let me know if the story holds up, or if I’m in for a let-down.

2 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Scythe

  1. Hmm, looks like another one to add to the dystopian lit pile (is there any other pile?) I love the cover art, too – it’s very stern. Quite Russian, actually – the title font in particular.


    1. It’s about as fun as a book can be that’s centered on killing innocents.
      The cover art is chilling, the 2nd in the series has stern dark green robes; lots of robe symbolism ensues.


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