“Tired of the same old dystopian YA literature? Then this may be the perfect book for you! Rather than resorting to the usual trappings of oppressive governments and desolate wastelands, Neal Shusterman presents a future where disease, war, old age, and even death have been eliminated. The only uncertainty in life comes from the Scythes— the organization of a select few who are sanctioned to kill for population control. When two teens are taken on as apprentices, they find internal power struggles and corruption threaten to upend the compassion and neutrality of the Scythedom. In between the action and mystery, Shusterman explores death and its impact on life. With a fast-paced plot, complicated characters, a complex philosophy, and a unique premise, this novel is impossible to put down!”
—Carrie L., Powells.com
(We received a really cool Scythe T-shirt [Beefy-T M/M/M] along with an advanced reading copy of the book. We’ll throw them both in a box and send them as an extra holiday gift to a randomly-selected commenter to this post! Tell us about your love of Neal Shusterman, or Powell’s, or red robes or just say hi. We’re happy just to know you’re reading NWBL and reading in general. Also do yourself a favor and click through the to the original Staff Pick review at Powells.com. That page is a candy dish with something for everyone, from the horehounders to the butterscotchers to the licorice lovers, if you know what we mean. Order up something for you or a friend or a few.)
May your pages and your holiday candies never be stuck together.