Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe)

Neal Shusterman
Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees. A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change. Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-06-08

Some aspects of the ending were a surprise and may have been more interesting if there had been more foreshadowing. Overall, however, it was a great follow-up to Scythe, and there were lots of fun twists and turns. My favorite character was Greyson. His ending was unexpected, but very satisfying. Looking forward to wrapping up this trilogy!

Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Thunderhead, by Neil Shusterman, follows the events of book one of Arc of a Scythe series. Rowan Damisch, as Scythe Lucifer, continues to end scythes who stray from the old ways and glean (execute) for personal/bias reasons.  Meanwhile, his old training partner and romantic interest, Citra Terranova, has assumed her role as Scythe Anastasia and the duties entailing it. As the novel continues, Rowan finds out there is a plot to kill Scythe Anastasia, but who is behind it? Is it the people marked as “unsavory” by Thunderhead, the AI that runs the world? Could it be a jealous scythe interested in changing the tide of influence? Not having read book one Scythe, Thunderhead throws the reader straight into a world left unexplained.  It doesn’t take long to catch on to what is going on with the main characters and events surrounding them.  The scythes all take their names from historic figures throughout time.  Since it is based in the future of the modern world, this detail encourages the reader to look up the derivation of the character names since the names give a deeper look into the characters’ personalities. Readers interested in a novel set in the future filled with action and political intrigue will love the amount of detail Shusterman puts into his world.

Reviewed: 2018-08-17

Since I have always believed in rating a book with the intended audience in mind, I am rating Thunderhead a solid 4-stars, although personally, I struggled with loving it. I love Neal Shusterman, especially the Unwind Series, but I think that I am finally way beyond enjoying even the best of YA. I think it is time to retire my YA reading days, semi-retire anyway, until my grandchildren are old enough to share the experience with.

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