ScytheBook - 2016
From Library Staff
2017 Printz Award Finalist
cmlibrary_lcarroll Jan 25, 2018
PROMPT: A book about death or grief –--
Scythe is a dystopian novel about teenage grim reapers. If you want a more serious work, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize last year. ---
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"It provides an interesting and nuanced perspective on the future of death and population control, while providing an entertaining and engaging story of two teens struggling to find their place in an alienating world." -- Tara, West Blvd. Branch
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FriendsDragonsCats44 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
mauve_seastar_22 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
violet_leopard_530 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
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"Outside the rain finally began to fall, surging in fits and starts. “I love the way it rains here,” he told her. “It reminds me that some forces of nature can never be entirely subdued. They are eternal, which is a far better thing to be than immortal."
"Everyone is guilty of something, and everyone still harbors a memory of childhood innocence, no matter how many layers of life wrap around it. Humanity is innocent; humanity is guilty, and both states are undeniably true."
"We become settled in the inconsequential drudgery of our lives, until suddenly we look at ourselves in the mirror and see a face we barely recognize begging us to turn a corner and be young again"
No one rages against the system anymore. At most, they just glare at it a bit.
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In a world where we take life for granted behind computer screens and instagram accounts Scythe has come along and reminded us that life is out here waiting to happen.
Imagine a society where if you put yourself at risk of death an appointed Scythe gleans you. This is all done to control overpopulation. Sounds to me like insurance companies except they don't kill you they just up your payment. Natural death is old school and in this post-mortal age two friends are chosen to be Scythes. The Scythenom appoints them as apprentice scythes until their final test: to glean each other. Who will win?
I enjoyed reading this book because damn can you imagine? The advanced technology used in the story seems like it could really happen. Not the gleanings of course but the artificial intelligence, the way humans deal with disease. It really made me wonder.
fairly good sci-fi about these people who are the designated gleaners of society, they choose who and how to lessen the population, and of course the corruption that occurs in a society where someone is all powerful over everyone else, and of course the good guys who always follow the rules
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.