Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Walker Books Australia to publish New York Times bestselling title
Books Australia to publish New York
Times bestselling book, Scythe.
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 ofThe Shiver Trilogyand The Raven Cycle
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
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
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
“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
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.