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Enter to win a prize pack that includes copies of Neal Shusterman’s Thunderhead and its prequel Scythe.


Thunderhead (releasing tomorrow!) is the second in Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe series, which tells the story of a future in which humans no longer die of natural causes, but at the hands of Scythes—humans tasked with “gleaning” the population—instead. Check out my review of the first book in the series, Scythe, here; I’ll be reviewing Thunderhead later this month.

Simon & Schuster is partnering with FYA for a giveaway—read on to find out more about the series and how to enter!

Warning: Possible spoilers for the series ahead.



Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.


Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off
grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?


In the world of Arc of a Scythe, people are “gleaned” for the benefit of mankind. Of course, the first series that came to mind when I thought about a game of kiss, marry, glean with YA characters was the Court of Thorns and Roses series. I couldn’t go straight Court of Dreams, however, because I couldn’t kill any of those sweet cinnamon rolls. So:

Kiss: Lucian. The guy’s got some issues, but he’s hiding serious passion behind that magical eye.

Marry: Rhysand. OBVS. Naturally, this would only work if Feyre was out of the picture, but a girl can dream.

Glean: Tamlin. Eff that guy. And not in the fun way.


Photo credit: Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and


One lucky reader will win:
- Copies of both Scythe and Thunderhead
- A 2018 planner and colorful pen set to kick-start the new year

To enter, pick your favorite YA book or series and play your own game of Kiss, Marry, Glean in the comments. We’ll choose a winner at random next Monday, January 15. The giveaway is now closed.

Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Simon & Schuster.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.