In a society that proclaims to have eradicated poverty, war, disease and all other problems that plague mankind, everything should be perfect. But, to keep these things in check, there must be a group that takes care of population control. This is where the elite group of scythes come in. They must "glean" people. This group is highly revered and feared and have been performing this task for many years. One day, Scythe Faraday decides to take two apprentices, Citra and Rowan, who are just 16 years old. In just one year, they must learn how to kill people efficiently and humanely. Is that even possible for a 16 year old to do? Scythe Faraday assures them that he has chosen them both for a reason and that he will teach them himself. Until, in an unexpected turn of events, he is no longer able to mentor them. They are both given to other scythes that may not have the same beliefs as Scythe Faraday. Will they survive to become scythes? Do they want to survive the training? What kind of society would ask this of some of the citizens?
Find out in this gripping first in a series novel by Neal Shusterman.
I have read many books by Shusterman, and he does not disappoint in this new series. In fact, I came away thinking about the many lessons to be learned from it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call a good read.