Scythe by Neal Shusterman
In a utopian world, death has been defeated and the population kept under control by the act of “gleaning,” killings performed by trained Scythes. Citra and Rowan have been chosen as apprentice Scythes, though neither wants the job. But, then, in an unexpected twist, the council decrees that only Citra or Rowan can pass the training, and the other must die. Can the two find a way to survive, while rooting out the corruption that has infected the council?
Joshua says: “Scythe is about two kids who are apprenticed to a person called a “Scythe” and have to kill people to keep the population from exploding in an already perfected world. The book is the first in a trilogy called Arc of a Scythe, and makes some interesting moral questions that are shown brilliantly throughout the whole series. There are plenty of exciting elements, twists, and a battle fought through government and thinking instead of brute force.”