Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Recommended by Rebecca Dann (@MissRD_83)

Form and genre: Dystopian novel

Length: 443 pages

Summary: Set in a dystopian future where mortality has been cured but those chosen to be scythes must kill people to keep down the population. The novel follows two teenagers, Rowan and Citra, who are recruited to train as scythes.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Contains descriptions of suicide and some offensive language. Would recommend for Year 9 and above.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: It focuses on issues of morality and opens up lots of ethical discussions. Citra is a strong female lead and the series focuses on her struggle with the responsibility of choosing who lives and dies. It’s full of cultural references to explore, for example the scythes name themselves after prominent historical figures.

Other useful information: It is the first of the Arc of the Scythe series and it’s being turned into a film.