Biography of Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is an American author whose novels include Scythe, Challenger Deep, and Unwind. He writes primarily for young adults, and his novels have won numerous awards, including the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His works tackle moral and ethical issues like death, religion, and free will, and some take place in “dystopian” or alternate worlds.

Born in 1962, Shusterman was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Mexico City for his final years of high school. He double-majored in psychology and theater at the University of California, Irvine, where he was on the varsity swim team. He worked at a talent agency in Los Angeles, California, and signed a book deal within his first year. He has published over 30 novels since the late 1980s, and many are hugely popular, with multiple movie and television adaptations in the works.

In addition to writing, Shusterman is a director, playwright, and musician. He has written for film and television, including Goosebumps and Animorphs. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Study Guides on Works by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (2016) by Neal Shusterman is the first book in the New York Times–bestselling Arc of a Scythe series. It is set in a distant future where advances in technology have rendered death by natural causes obsolete, and where society is organized...