Bookworm’s Digest Jr.

Heather S.

Bookworm’s Digest Jr.

By Heather S.

The Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Hello students! Searching for a new read? Look no further! Bookworm’s Digest Jr. is a series of articles based on fantasy and adventure books fit for middle school readers, like you! So join us as we give you another star-studded suggestion- The Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman!


In a perfect world where death is an object of the mortal ages and the world operates smoothly and without conflict under the watchful eye of a flawless AI known as the Thunderhead, time marches on without so much as the batting of an eyelash. But to keep the population under control, the Thunderhead created the Scythedom, or a legion of people trained to kill. Each individual bringer of death is known as a scythe, and is revered by the public as one who operates in their work without interference from the Thunderhead.


When two teens have individual encounters with a scythe in a crimson robe, they are chosen as the scythe’s apprentices, and their initiation into the Scythedom is begun. Will the two be able to detach themselves from their old lives to assume the position of an honorable scythe, all the while figuring out who they want to be for themselves? Read to find out!


Question and Answer with a WMS Reader!


Interviewer: How did you feel about this book? Was it entertaining?


Reader: Yes. It was very entertaining. It took me less than a week to finish because I couldn’t put it down!


I: Would you reread this book on your own terms?


R: Yes. Normally I’m not one to reread books, but when I do they contain well-rounded characters, a fluid plotline, and other stellar qualities, so I think that says a lot about the Arc of a Scythe and how it is written.


I: Would you recommend this book to your fellow classmates or anyone looking for a good read?


R: Yes, definitely.

I hope this book review helped you find a great read. After all, if you choose to read this book, you’ll feel as if you are living futuristically, free from the bonds of mortality! Catch other reviews like this one on other articles from Bookworm’s Digest Jr. Happy reading!