Less than a month ago I absolutely devoured Neal Shusterman’s Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1).
While it didn’t make me go out and buy every new dystopian novel I, I was utterly mesmerized by the writing style and plot’s of Shusterman, causing me to also read Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2).
Did Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) add to my growing obsession of all things Schusterman? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 9, 2018)
Print Length: 504 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) blew my mind, proceeded to put it back together, only to blow it up again! Bam.
Taking place following the events of Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1), Thunderhead continues the story of Citra and Rowan as one takes up the roll of Scythe Anastasia, while the other takes up the mantel of Scythe Lucifer. As they try to come to grips with their vastly different destinies, neither understands how important they are to the scythdom, the Thunderhead, and the world as they know it.
Schusterman took the uniqueness of the Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) and expertly built upon its foundation. Every aspect that I loved about Scythe was still weaved throughout the plot but on a global scale. Yes, that’s right, we travel out of ‘America’ to take in the World Scythe Council, on the man made island Endura, where a draw dropping, mind blowing, soul crushing plot twist closes out the book.
Besides the characters of Rowan and Citra, who are once again thrown into twist upon twist, the reader is introduced to two more PoV’s: Greyson Tolliver and the Thunderhead. While I am not usually one to enjoy the introduction of more PoV’s once a story has been started, Shusterman did this, as he has in all things ‘Arc of a Scythe’, expertly. I was interested to see how Greyson went from Authority Interface recruit, to unsavory, to Tonist, and found the exploration of things outside of Scythe matters to be quite engaging. Likewise, it was fascinating to see the Thunderhead go from an omniscient prescience to a thinking, feeling, almost human-esk character.
All I can say to wrap this up is read this series, you wont be disappointed. Oh, but a little word of advice, given that The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) has no releases date, maybe read this book, in particular, later in the year.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman. Have any YA dystopian recommendations you’d like to share? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.