Scythe by Neal Shusterman 


Rowan and Citra are 16 year old teens who live in a future Utopian world where poverty, disease -- even death --have been conquered and everything is controlled by the benevolent self-aware AI called Thunderhead. To maintain a sustainable earth population, an organization independent from Thunderhead made up of Scythes is created to randomly cull members of the human population. New Scythes are chosen, sometimes against their will, and forced to learn the “art of killing” their fellow humans – something that has long had a complicated moral component. Rowan and Citra, in dangerous competition with each other, soon learn that there is cruelty and dark corruption in the Scythe organization – a fact that may cost them their lives. This exciting and thought provoking book is first in the Arc of a Scythe series. (Arc of a Scythe #1)


Michael L. Printz honor book 2017

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 433 pages. HS

Book 2: Thunderhead published January 9, 2018

Book 3: The Toll expected publication 2019

Booktalk by Tana Lucero.