by Neal Shusterman

Imogen says: “YA is always my hardest pick – I read so much of it and love so many (and honorary mention to Maggie Stiefvater’s Call Down the Hawk which I read only a day after finishing the Scythe series and ALMOST got this years pick) but the Arc of a Scythe really blew me away.

It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read – instead of a dystopian, government controlling world, Scythe is set in a perfect utopia. Illness has been cured, there is world peace – all watched over by the all-knowing Thunderhead, a Super AI that cares for the world and all its people. And nope – before you start thinking ‘oh, no, evil computer AI controlling everything!’ it really really doesn’t go there.

Instead, with illness being non-existent (and war and crime…), death too has been irradicated. The Thunderhead can bring the dead back to life – but to stop the world being overcrowded, the most moral people in the world are tasked with being Scythes – hired to kill randomly to keep the population down.

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. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser.

The first book is awesome, the second even better, and the third takes you to heights even I wasn’t expecting. It is a brilliant series – and the box set cover art is pretty cool too!”

The Arc of Sythe Boxed Set is available for £23.97.