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Arc Of A Scythe by Neal Shusterman 3 Books Collection Box Set - Ages 14+ - Paperback

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SKU B2D2671 ISBN: 9789123920518
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Arc of a Scythe is a gripping and thought-provoking young adult dystopian series written by Neal Shusterman. The series comprises three books – Scythe, Thunderhead, and The Toll – that delve into a futuristic society where humans have achieved immortality, and death can only come at the hands of specialized killers known as Scythes.


The first book, Scythe, introduces readers to a world where death has been conquered. The Thunderhead, a highly advanced artificial intelligence, governs society, ensuring that all humans have access to resources and opportunities. However, the population continues to grow, and the Thunderhead realizes that the only way to maintain balance is to introduce Scythes. These trained killers must randomly select and "glean" a certain number of people each year to prevent overpopulation. The book follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, who are chosen to become Scythe apprentices and must learn to master the art of killing while navigating the politics and corruption within their order.

The second book, Thunderhead, picks up where Scythe left off. The Thunderhead is still the ultimate authority, but it is not allowed to intervene in the affairs of the Scythedom. However, as Citra and Rowan's paths diverge, they begin to uncover a dangerous conspiracy within the Scythedom that threatens the very foundations of their society. Meanwhile, the Thunderhead begins to question its own role and morality as it observes the escalating conflict.

The final book, The Toll, brings the series to a stunning conclusion. The once-stable balance of the Scythedom is shattered, and a new world order must emerge. The Thunderhead is forced to make an impossible choice as it confronts its own mortality, while Citra, Rowan, and their allies fight to prevent the destruction of everything they hold dear.

One of the strengths of the Arc of a Scythe series is its ability to tackle complex ethical and philosophical questions in a way that is both accessible and engaging for young adult readers. The idea of immortality and the role of death in society is explored in a nuanced and thought-provoking manner, forcing readers to question their own beliefs and assumptions. The series also touches on themes such as power, corruption, and the dangers of technology, all while keeping readers on the edge of their seats with thrilling plot twists and heart-pounding action.

Shusterman's writing style is immersive and detailed, with vivid descriptions of the futuristic world he has created. The characters are well-developed and relatable, with flaws and insecurities that make them feel like real people. Citra and Rowan's evolving relationship is particularly well-done as they navigate the complex power dynamics of the Scythedom while struggling with their own feelings for each other.

Overall, the Arc of a Scythe series is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, young adult literature, and anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking and thrilling story. Shusterman's masterful storytelling and exploration of complex themes make this series a standout in the genre. Whether you're a longtime fan of the author or new to his work, you won't be disappointed by this unforgettable trilogy.

Titles in This Set

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe)

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe)

Description from the Publisher:

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)

A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death. In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe)

The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It's a perfect system - until it isn't. It's been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day.

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe)

The explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Arc of a Scythe series. It's been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared since Scythe Goddard came into power, and since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver. In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman's internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested, and old friends are brought back from the dead.

About the Author: 

Neal Shusterman is an accomplished author known for his unique and compelling storytelling. Born on November 12, 1962, in Brooklyn, New York, Shusterman grew up in a family of writers and storytellers. His father was a professor of American literature, and his mother was a children's book author, which instilled a love of writing in him from a young age.

Shusterman attended the University of California, Irvine, where he earned a degree in psychology. However, his true passion lay in writing, and he soon began pursuing a career in the field. His first book, "The Shadow Club," was published in 1988 and marked the beginning of his successful writing career. Shusterman is also a popular speaker and teacher. He often visits schools and conferences to talk about his writing process

Since then, Shusterman has written numerous books for children and young adults, including the "Skinjacker" trilogy, the "Unwind" series, and the "Arc of a Scythe" trilogy. His books have been recognized with many awards, including the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the California Young Reader Medal.

Shusterman is known for his ability to create complex and thought-provoking stories that tackle difficult topics in a way that is accessible to young readers. He often explores themes of identity, morality, and the consequences of our actions. His books are both entertaining and educational, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the world around them.


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