Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Walker Books Australia to publish New York Times bestselling title

Walker Books Australia to publish New York Times bestselling book, Scythe.

“Over the years, I have heard many books touted as the successor to Hunger Games, but Scythe is the first one that I would really, truly stand behind.” - Maggie Stiefvater author of The Shiver Trilogy and The Raven Cycle 

Walker Books Australia is excited to announce the Australia and New Zealand release of Scythe by National Book Award winning author Neal Shusterman. Scythe is the first book in Shusterman’s fantastic new dystopian series the Arc of a Scythe and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 Weeks. Scythe will be published in Australia and New Zealand in February 2018 and the sequel, Thunderhead, will follow in August 2018.

Since its publication in 2016, Scythe has been highly acclaimed in the US and Universal has already snapped up the movie rights. As well as being on the New York Times bestseller list, Scythe was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016, winner of a Michael L. Printz Honor in 2017, was recently number two on the Young Adult Library Services 2017 Teens’ Top 10 list of books as voted by teenagers across America, and has received multiple five starred reviews.

Scythe is a dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death. It is based in a future where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, and 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.

“Scythe is full of sly plot twists and absorbing set pieces.” – The New York Times

“This powerful tale is guaranteed to make readers think deeply.” - Publishers Weekly

“Elegant and elegiac, brooding but imbued with gallows humour, Shusterman's dark tale thrusts realistic, likeable teens into a surreal situation and raises deep philosophic questions. A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. - Kirkus Reviews

“The question that it raises, and the fascinating worlds that it builds, are not to be missed.” – Bustle

“…some of the most beautiful writing of the modern age.” – School Library Journal


About the Author
Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author whose books include the New York Times bestselling Unwind series and Challenger Deep, which won a National Book Award. He also writes screenplays for film and television, for shows such as Goosebumps and Animorphs. He lives in Southern California with his four children.

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