Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


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Fantasy Series (2 of 3+)


To choose those who live and those who die would leave me both feared and adored, like emperor-gods of old. No, I decided. Let humankind be the saviors and the silencers. Let them be the heroes. Let them be the monsters.”

The Arc of Scythe

  1. Scythe – 5/5
  2. Thunderhead – 4/5
  3. The Toll – expected in 2019

What is it about?

Thunderhead takes place a few months after Scythe ended. Rowan and Citra are apprentices no longer and each is trying to stem the corruption that is within the Scythedom in their own way.

There are 2 new perspectives in this book:

  1. The Thunderhead – the “cloud”/computer thing that pretty much organizes the world and has made it possible for there to be no death/disease/etc. We already knew the Thunderhead was self-aware but perhaps you didn’t know how much it really cared until now.
  2. Grayson – A good kid who gets pulled into the political war taking place.

Was it good?

I very much enjoyed this book. It was well paced and Rowan and Citra stayed true to character.

I didn’t love how Grayson’s character was developed because it didn’t feel quite as natural as the other characters have grown in the past, and also because I very much liked him just the way he was.

I was surprised by a few of the plot twists and found the ending to be moving although I did not cry. Honestly, I was surprised by the ending because I went into this thinking book 2 was the end of the series. Book 2 is not the end of the series, and I will definitely read book 3 when it comes out.

Happy Halloween

What’s better to read at Halloween than a book about people who are basically grim reapers?

I would say the (best) creepiest book I’ve ever read was Nos4A2 by Joe Hill.

What is your #1 Halloween book recommendation? 

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