Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Humanity’s intellect has solved every problem to be solved. The Thunderhead, a massive semi-sentient computer system takes care of everything. No one ever gets sick or hurt and no one ever dies. Except when they are chosen for gleaning. In order to keep the population under control, a select few, known as scythes, take a certain number of lives. Most, like Scythe Faraday, are good. They choose impartially, glean mercifully, and take no pleasure in their task. When Citra and Rowen are both chosen to be his apprentices, they possess the number one quality for becoming a scythe—they don’t want to be. But as they learn more, they come to understand the necessity of not only gleaning, but doing so in a compassionate manner. Unfortunately, not all scythes are good. Soon, Citra and Rowen find their reluctant friendship and apprenticeship under attack.
Recommended for high school and up.
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