Book Review – Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

thunderhead.jpgRowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

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?

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4.5/5 Stars

~Warning for mild spoilers for Scythe~

I adored Scythe, and had very high expectations for Thunderhead. And I am pleased to say that it met them! The first half is a little slow, getting everything in place for the finale, but the finale is INSANE. I didn’t see any of that coming.

The introduction of the Thunderhead as a character, getting to see more into its logic, was fascinating. And clever, it really works.

I did want to see more of Rowan, in general – being Scythe Lucifer, and all the trouble he gets into. I loved what we got to see of Citra in feeling more comfortable in her life as Scythe Anastasia. Her role throughout the book is lovely, and her character worked very well for me.

I also really enjoyed the side storyline of Scythe Faraday, and I’m so eager to figure out what it all means and what he will do next.

And Goddard. Oh my. There’s nothing I can say here without massive spoilers, but it is so well done. He is such a great bad guy.

That ending though – it’s just not right to leave us there!! So much left unresolved. I cannot wait for the next book! That last half was just stellar, and it definitely earns Thunderhead the 4.5 stars I’m giving it.

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Buy Thunderhead from Amazon UK (affiliate link)

 

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