ALPENA, Mich.– Alpena teenagers picked a fascinating title for this month’s book club.
Members of the Alpena Library’s Teen Book Club vote from a set of five titles for each month’s book.
This time, the decision was unanimous: Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe.”
The book follows two teenagers in a distant future where old age and natural death have been “cured.” Our protagonists are apprentices to a “scythe,” someone who manages overpopulation by deciding who must die.
Librarian Sara Grochowski says members look forward to this month’s discussion.
“One of the things we’ll be discussing is how the book portrays a world where death is an infrequent occurrence and how that might change civilization and even human nature. And we’ll talk about what it means to have power over the life and death of another person.”
Grochowski says this is the first time club members have all voted for the same book.
Teens ages 12 to 18 can sign up here.