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"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?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442472457
Characteristics: 504 pages ; 22 cm


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The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees. Book two in Neal Shusterman Arc of a Scythe series.

DPLsheila Feb 05, 2018

Book two in Neal Shusterman Arc of a Scythe series, is intense and enthralling. The ending leaves so many possibilities for book three!

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Oct 20, 2019

What point is there in life if there is no death?

I can’t decide which book is better, Scythe or this one. I feel like they blend together into one. When I found out that Goddard had been brought back to life I was so enraged, but that’s a good story element. And I didn’t really appreciate the separation of the main characters or Scythe Curie’s self gleaning, but I know that those things were also necessary to the plot. This book is eloquent, flowing, and riveting, and the moral of the story is in every way beautiful. I like how there is love between Rowan and Citra instead of romance, and I like that you are compelled to empathize with the “evil”. My favorite parts were the Thunderhead’s words of wisdom between the chapters, because the story is woven of wisdom. The cliff hanger is physically painful, though, and I cannot wait until November 2019 to see what becomes of the world and exactly what role the Great Resonance plays. This book is different than any other, and though you may say it’s about death, it’s actually about life- and what the limitations of humanity truly are. A beautiful work of art that you cannot put down (though I took off half a star for the killing of Scythe Curie- I could not get over that!)

Jun 20, 2019

I loved this book sooooo much!!!!!!!!! Citra was super amazing, and I loved the twist on their romance. I liked how the characters had so many different sides to them, that you could say that they were both evil and good. There was no defined good and evil. Overall, loved this book so much, and highly recommend it.

Jun 17, 2019

I agree with Gwen904 there is no need for the romance. Male authors tend to do that. At least Citra is more than just love. I read somewhere where a Marvel producer was talking to male authors, like, "if u could take out ur female character and replace her with a sexy robot u are doing it wrong."
I agree on that. 100%.
But also without the romance the book would be less interesting...
So, that's me-raven

Jun 06, 2019

Not as good as the first. The characters were less dimensional and I still hate the romance between Citra and Rowan.

JCLEmilyD Apr 08, 2019

I honestly felt that THUNDERHEAD wasn't as good as SCYTHE. Not because of the storyline or characters but I felt that the writing was simply not as good or refined, perhaps more editing would have created a better book. I'll still be reading the third one when it comes out!

Mar 13, 2019

I'm usually hesitant to delve into sequels without much expectation, but Thunderhead was a pleasant surprise. I really appreciated how Shusterman added new character arcs and the setting changes multiple times- a refreshing contrast to Scythe! If you enjoyed Scythe but weren't entirely enamored by it, I think Thunderhead is still worth the read because it may surprise you.

JCLShannonG Dec 04, 2018

This is one of the few times that I've been able to say that I liked the sequel better than the original. Scythe was wonderful, but Thunderhead was something special. It was fast-paced, action-packed, and the characters tugged on my heartstrings.

Jul 24, 2018

Thunderhead is the second book in the Arc of the Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman.
It is an excellent book, with a fascinating premise, and it questions the ideals and morals of society in a new way.
The book is very fast-paced, and when a chapter, page, or even a sentence isn’t necessary to further the plot, they almost always provide an important insight to the characters and the world it is set in.
The foreshadowing in this book is stunning, and through the alternating perspectives it seamlessly blends a certain character’s morals and beliefs from something empathetic and forgiving into something more sinister.
The worldbuilding of this book is detailed, from what the years are called, to how and why imagination, art, and passion had diminished throughout the years.
The only criticism I have for this amazing sequel is that the romance between the two main characters is completely unnecessary. The character’s relationship would have made much more sense and a deeper impact if it was platonic of familial.
Overall, I would have to rate this book 5/5.
@sideswipefirefight of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Thunderhead started slow. The pacing and intrigue just wasn’t there in the first 100 pages. I thought I’d be disappointed, and was sad to see another book fall to middle book syndrome. That was, until Shusterman came back with the ferocity that was “Scythe” and I finished reading the book breathless. This dystopian breaks the standards for any other book of the genre that I will ever read. Nothing can compare to the action-packed wild ride that Thunderhead takes you on. Citra has become Scythe Anastasia and chooses to glean with compassion, under her mentor Scythe Curie. Rowan has gone off-grid, the darker side we became acquainted with at the end of book 1 taking full flight and making him an extremely challenging character. While the previous book followed a pattern of gleaning journals before every chapter, this one gave perspective to the Thunderhead, the Artificial Intelligence that controls the world. Mere words can’t express the genius that Shusterman is; I will never get over this book, the cliffhanger, and the writing. The wait for book three is physically and mentally excruciating. Rating 4.5/5 Show less
@jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 11, 2018

After an incredible first book in the series Citra, Rowan and the other scythes are back in Thunderhead. This book was explosive and earth-shattering. Just as I predicted, the sequel to Scythe fulfilled my expectations and went above and beyond. This was another incredible book in this unique and creative series and I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves surprises. I loved this book and I have no idea what is going to happen in the third book after that astounding ending to this one but I'm so excited for it.

May 06, 2018

While I really enjoyed Scythe and thought it had many interesting ideas, it never managed to surprise me. Thunderhead had enough twists and turns to keep me on my toes, and I appreciated the windows into the Thunderhead's "mind" at the beginning of each chapter (filling the same role as the journal entries in Scythe).

I very much look forward to the third book in this series. (The end of this one makes it very clear that there must be a third book.)

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