ScytheeBook - 2016
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In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.
Chosen by April "Great for older teen readers, SCYTHE ponders a future where mortality is a thing of the past. In order to maintain population control, venerated Scythes glean human lives. Two new apprentices are learning what it means to be chosen for this path. Shusterman is a favorite au... Read More »
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No one rages against the system anymore. At most, they just glare at it a bit.
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It has been three hundred years since humanity turned the corner, leaving behind the Age of Mortality. With the arrival of infinite computing power, a benevolent AI known as the Thunderhead emerged to rule this new deathless society. But although accidental death is a thing of the past, humanity still lives on a single finite planet, and so population growth must be limited. This task was deemed to require a human conscience, not to be entrusted to a computer, and so the Scythedom was born. Citra and Rowan have been selected to apprentice to Scythe Faraday, a job that neither of them wants. But there is corruption at the heart of Scythedom, and the Thunderhead is powerless to intervene. Reform must come from within.
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