Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 8, 2022
Series: Arc of a Scythe #3.5
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
The New York Times bestselling Arc of the Scythe series continues with thrilling stories that span the timeline. Storylines continue. Origin stories are revealed. And new Scythes emerge!
There are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.
Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman—returns to the world throughout the timeline of the Arc of a Scythe series. Discover secrets and histories of characters you’ve followed for three volumes and meet new heroes, new foes, and some figures in between.
Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.
Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe is book number 3.5 in the Arc of a Scythe series. It is a collection of short stories written by Neal Shusterman and other authors. It is such a cool concept and perfect for all fans of the series. I loved this book and I am personally hoping for another edition.
Gleanings is a collection of 13 stories set in the Scythedom. Some of the stories are prequels to the original trilogy, some take place throughout and some are sequels. We get to see old characters and meet new ones and the stories all have different tones. I flipping loved this idea and it felt super unique to me and a perfect companion to series that feature beloved worlds. I would personally love to see more series do something like this because it really helps fans of the series get a better idea of the world and its’ inner workings.
Some of the stories were really dark, which I felt was important because some aspects of the Scythedom are pretty dark. I was happy that this book went there with some of its’ tales. I particularly loved some of the origin stories featuring some really beloved and really hated scythes. It was super neat to see how they became who they were in the original trilogy. But then again, the new little stories that were scattered throughout the original timeline were also really interesting. I felt like I was on an easter egg hunt ;learning new little nuggets about the series, world and characters along the way. If you are a fan of the Arc of a Scythe series, I highly recommend Gleanings. I loved this concept and this collection of stories.
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