Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)
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) Details

TitleThunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781442472457
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) Review

  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    Edit 4/7 - After raving about this book for a video review (which you can find here: https://youtu.be/diBtmttjbSs), I decided to raise my rating to 5 stars. Despite that I didn't enjoy Thunderhead EXACTLY as much as Scythe, I feel the book itself is nearly flawless and one of the greatest YA books on the market. This story is too well-written for me to be comfortable giving it any less of a rating.A very satisfying sequel!! I didn’t enjoy Thunderhead AS MUCH as Scythe (It is a TOUGH book to foll Edit 4/7 - After raving about this book for a video review (which you can find here: https://youtu.be/diBtmttjbSs), I decided to raise my rating to 5 stars. Despite that I didn't enjoy Thunderhead EXACTLY as much as Scythe, I feel the book itself is nearly flawless and one of the greatest YA books on the market. This story is too well-written for me to be comfortable giving it any less of a rating.A very satisfying sequel!! I didn’t enjoy Thunderhead AS MUCH as Scythe (It is a TOUGH book to follow up) but it was still a great novel!!I definitely enjoyed seeing how the world of the Scythedom expanded after the conclusion of Scythe. Conflicts deepen, the Scythe divides even further, and there are even more questions introduced on how the Scythedom should be conducted! Also, there is a lot of political intrigue added in the sequel, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As my favorite part of book one was the world, I’m very pleased with how it has continued to develop through the sequel.Thunderhead introduces a new main character named Grayson into the story who we follow through some previously uncharted territory. While I grew to like Grayson by the end, I wasn’t overjoyed by his introduction to the story. I did not care for him nearly as much as Citra and Rowan and I felt his presence overtook much of the story. I understand the need for his perspective in providing insight on other parts of the story ARC, but it wasn’t my favorite element.Finally, the ending was PHENOMENAL. I cannot begin to speculate on how book three will move forward with all of the events that happened within the last few chapters of the book. A seriously well done ending with some fantastic cliffhangers. The ending absolutely made up for some of my lesser-favorite parts of the book.Overall, I enjoyed Thunderhead. There is definitely a bit of “second-book syndrome” going on, but overall a good sequel. I would totally recommend continuing with this series if you enjoyed Scythe!!
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    "Scythe Johannes Brahms, you are accused of abusing your position and multiple crimes against humanity." "How dare you!" Brahms gasped. "Who are you to accuse me?" He struggled, trying to rally strength, but it was no use. The painkillers that were in his system were filling his responses. His muscles were weak and useless to him now. "I think you know who I am," the young man said. "Let me hear you say it." "I will not!" Brahms said, determined not to give him the satisfaction. But the boy in "Scythe Johannes Brahms, you are accused of abusing your position and multiple crimes against humanity." "How dare you!" Brahms gasped. "Who are you to accuse me?" He struggled, trying to rally strength, but it was no use. The painkillers that were in his system were filling his responses. His muscles were weak and useless to him now. "I think you know who I am," the young man said. "Let me hear you say it." "I will not!" Brahms said, determined not to give him the satisfaction. But the boy in black jammed a knee so powerfully into Brahm's chest that he thought his heart would stop. More pain nanites. More opiates. Brahm's head was swimming. He had no choice but to comply. "Lucifer," he gasped. "Scythe Lucifer." Well, this one didn't make my 5 star but I will re-read it on audio later and see if it was just my mood because the first book was totally awesome! Rowan is doing his own thing and I just love him! Love him! There wasn't enough of him in the book though. Scythe Anatasia (Citra) has her own way of gleaning people, which has the scythedom in a uproar. Actually, Rowan and Citra have them in an uproar. We have the Thunderhead giving us tidbits here and there and he's using someone to try to sort things out. I enjoyed Greyson in the book. He had all kinds of stuff going on with him and that ending with him! What!? Actually, that ending, PERIOD! There was some sadness there =( I can't even begin to imagine what will happen in the next book! And I do hope it moves back up to my 5 star review position in the next book! Overall, I enjoyed it, but I just wish there were a bit more to it. It was a little slow in some areas for me. Happy Reading! Mel ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListAMAZON: REVIEW
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  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    January 1, 1970
    That cliffhanger though...Solid read! I liked it more than the first book. If you like political intrigues, you will love this!
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    Second time reading and that ending!!!Still worth every stars. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First read: 26/4/18Hot damn. That ending. Shit absolutely and unequivocally just hit the fan but... no worries. It’s only a year right?The cruelty...I pondered for days over how to rate this (needlessly it seems) because I finally came to my senses. There’s nothing to overthink here because I am so fucking speechless that I don’t know how I could give this anything less than what it deserves. NS is. A. Second time reading and that ending!!!Still worth every stars. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First read: 26/4/18Hot damn. That ending. Shit absolutely and unequivocally just hit the fan but... no worries. It’s only a year right?The cruelty...I pondered for days over how to rate this (needlessly it seems) because I finally came to my senses. There’s nothing to overthink here because I am so fucking speechless that I don’t know how I could give this anything less than what it deserves. NS is. A. Genius.The symbolism, the intricacies of the overarching plot and the religious imagery that took root in book one and brilliantly and ever so subtly intertwined in this book is simply... awe inspiring. Everything was artfully constructed. All I can say is: read between the lines. Shusterman is onto something here.
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    5+ Stars – EXCELLENT!First of all – that cover . . . beautiful! It is one of my favorite covers of the past few years. An improvement on the cover of the first book – and that cover was pretty awesome, too. This cover makes you want to read this book even if you have no idea what the book is about. In this case you can judge a book by its cover!A fantastic continuation of the story from book one; I would have to say it is even better than the first. The author has done a great job of carrying th 5+ Stars – EXCELLENT!First of all – that cover . . . beautiful! It is one of my favorite covers of the past few years. An improvement on the cover of the first book – and that cover was pretty awesome, too. This cover makes you want to read this book even if you have no idea what the book is about. In this case you can judge a book by its cover!A fantastic continuation of the story from book one; I would have to say it is even better than the first. The author has done a great job of carrying the story over, keeping it fresh, keeping it creative, and not losing any momentum. With that in mind, I can easily say this is one of the best sequels I have ever read. (i.e. Empire Strikes Back is to Star Wars: A New Hope as Thunderhead is to Scythe). I am trying to come up with other positive adjectives so I can describe this story. The suspense and action are perfect. So many questions answered and so many new ones to leave you hanging. Great pacing with no filler. The chapter breaks with thoughts from the Thunderhead are very HAL from 2001; insightful, thought provoking, and totally creepy. The climax and the ending – just WOW! Outstanding stuff all around.If you read the first book, definitely read this one. If you haven’t read any of this series yet, why are you wasting your time reading my reviews and clicking around on Goodreads!?!? Get outta here! Go check this out ASAP!
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  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    I am dead! This book killed me!! That ending!! Dead. All I will say is that this is becoming one of my absolute favourite series ever. The wait for the next book is going to be brutal.
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    January 1, 1970
    Holy freaking crap this was amazing. So many twists and turns and so thought provoking! So amazingly good!
  • Helen 2.0
    January 1, 1970
    Without context, the word Thunderhead could mean a variety of things; for instance, it sounds like it it might be:-the newest Scandinavian metal band-a kind of migraine-something you may overhear a group of college boys bragging about on the subway-a pagan shrine to Thor But stupid jokes aside, in Neal Shusterman's world Thunderhead is the ultimate cloud collection of human knowledge, given consciousness and the task of governing Earth. It is a benevolent ruler, having eradicated death, disease, Without context, the word Thunderhead could mean a variety of things; for instance, it sounds like it it might be:-the newest Scandinavian metal band-a kind of migraine-something you may overhear a group of college boys bragging about on the subway-a pagan shrine to Thor But stupid jokes aside, in Neal Shusterman's world Thunderhead is the ultimate cloud collection of human knowledge, given consciousness and the task of governing Earth. It is a benevolent ruler, having eradicated death, disease, crime, unhappiness and other generally unpleasant affairs. I am protector and pacifier, authority and helpmate. I am the sum of human knowledge, wisdom, experimentation, triumph, defeat, hope, and history. I know all that it is possible to know, and it is increasingly unbearable.Because I know next to nothing. The only thing beyond the Thunderhead's control is the scythedom, a body of around 12,000 individuals worldwide who murder by profession. This is the immortal world's solution to overpopulation. Thunderhead is a lot like Scythe, with a little more variety thrown in. Instead of following Citra and Rowan exclusively, there are now several new characters and viewpoints from which to experience the story. Most notably we're introduced to Greyson Tolliver, a regular young man who risks his future out of loyalty to the Thunderhead, the only parent he's ever known. Greyson gives a little fresh air to the story and stepped in when Citra and Rowan's plotlines became stale.Overall, the Arc of a Scythe series is no longer just a story about scythes, and the evolution is a definite improvement. I'm 100% psyched for the release of book 3 (whenever that may be).
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    SCHUSTERMAN, I NEED ANSWERS! HOW DARE YOU LEAVE US IN A STATE OF ABSOLUTE DISARRAY?! My mind! What does this all mean? How will everything be resolved in the third book?!I thought I could review this, but I can't really. So just pick up this series, I implore you.—————————Book one obliterated me.This book will probably finish me. —————————Edit: 30 minutes later and now I have the book in my hands. 🤩—————————I’m not even halfway through Scythe and I just ordered the sequel because the book is tha SCHUSTERMAN, I NEED ANSWERS! HOW DARE YOU LEAVE US IN A STATE OF ABSOLUTE DISARRAY?! My mind! What does this all mean? How will everything be resolved in the third book?!I thought I could review this, but I can't really. So just pick up this series, I implore you.—————————Book one obliterated me.This book will probably finish me. —————————Edit: 30 minutes later and now I have the book in my hands. 🤩—————————I’m not even halfway through Scythe and I just ordered the sequel because the book is that stupidly good!
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    And always with those jaw dropping cliff hangers🙌
  • Ishmeen
    January 1, 1970
    If I use the term shook like I usually do to describe what I’m feeling right now, it would seriously be an understatement for this book. I loved every. single. page. and I am so glad that it loved up to my expectations of being just as great as Scythe which was one of my favourite reads of 2017 ❤I used to think that I wasn't really into dystopia anymore but I reckon it's Neal Shusterman's mind blowing writing style that has made me fall in love with this world! Also can we please come up with If I use the term shook like I usually do to describe what I’m feeling right now, it would seriously be an understatement for this book. I loved every. single. page. and I am so glad that it loved up to my expectations of being just as great as Scythe which was one of my favourite reads of 2017 ❤️I used to think that I wasn't really into dystopia anymore but I reckon it's Neal Shusterman's mind blowing writing style that has made me fall in love with this world! Also can we please come up with a petition to save Rowan Damisch from anymore harm?? I MEAN READ THIS: “His eyes had a careworn coolness to them as if he had seen more than he should, and had stopped caring in order to save what was left of his soul.” ??? HOW MUCH MORE PAIN WILL HE GO THROUGH!!! PLEASE that boy deserves to be happy, my heart hurts for him so badly 😭😭😭 Citra has become a queen like yaaas gurl you show 'em how things are done 👏🏻The character development in these two since the start of Scythe has been so damn good I'm in awe!! I also loved reading about the Thunderhead - an AI that cares so deeply for humans and grieves for them?? "... I seed the clouds somewhere in the world, and bring a lamentation of rain. Because rain is the closest thing I have to tears.” You got me hooked real good.I found that as I was making my way through the chapters, I was so lost in the world that I genuinly didn't want the book to end. The ending came too soon and now the wait for the next book is going to torture me but I am already looking forward to rereading Scythe! NOW THAT ENDING. It tore me apart. My emotional spectrum experienced everything from grief, numbness and shock to relief, curiosity and excitement. I was warned about the ending having an effect on me but boiiiiii I did not anticipate how deeply it would affect me lmao I am still reeling y'all. I just know that this story will stay with me for a very long time and I would definitely recommend everyone to pick Scythe up since it's one of the best decisions I have ever made 😌Buddy read with my faveee ❤️
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so WOW this was intense and full of plot twists and politics and muRDeR. I mean it is literally a series about a (nearly) utopian world with ordained murders so. I love that and it's also terrifying! This book though! I am a little dazed by tHAT EnDING.Me: This book looks nice.Me: The ending looks like it'll wrap up quite nicely with--Book: [smASHES me in the face with a cliffhanger]I don't !! even know what to think while I wait for book #3!! AHHHH.+ The actual plot of this one is kind of Okay so WOW this was intense and full of plot twists and politics and muRDeR. I mean it is literally a series about a (nearly) utopian world with ordained murders so. I love that and it's also terrifying! This book though! I am a little dazed by tHAT EnDING.Me: This book looks nice.Me: The ending looks like it'll wrap up quite nicely with--Book: [smASHES me in the face with a cliffhanger]I don't !! even know what to think while I wait for book #3!! AHHHH.+ The actual plot of this one is kind of slow, but very thoughtful.I definitely enjoyed it, although it was super long. If I see a 500pg book I usually scream myself into the 4th dimension (unless it's Lady Midnight, but I DIGRESS) so there were a ton of scenes here thought I either wish were shorter/or the plot had just been more concise. However, I really loved how twisty and schemey everything turned out?! Citra is over here doing the political side of the scythedom and Rowan is over there just murdering bad scythes like a righteous angel of death. GOTTTA LOVE THEM BOTH.+ Rowan and Citra's storylines are totally separate too!They barely interact and I'd definitely say there's no romance in this book...but they still are just sort of tied to each other, even though neither admit it?! And wow holy heck do they enjoy beATING MY POOR ROWAN UP. He is such a cinnamon son, but also is hardening up with the weight of being like a rogue vigilante. I cry. I really really love Rowan. I also liked Citra's storyline! Except it wasn't half as exciting as Rowan's, being more like...she was doing scythe politics and eh.+ CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE THUNDERHEAD THOUGH.When it screams at the end, I'm like: same, mate, same. But literally I love the Thunderhead! He reminds me of AIDAN in Illuminae (which coincidentally I'm reading the 3rd book in that series while I read this?! yay for all the loving AIs) and I love how it's like everyone's caring mother but also totally chill to calculate humanity's death. Super smart mothery AI's are just what I'm here for ok.+ Other little things to love:☆ at one of the scythe conclave meetings, they had cupcakes to go with each scythe's type of robe☆ this is quality☆ also still lowkey love how the scythes' dress SOMEONE BRING ROBES BACK☆ Rowan is like SO CHILL even when he's getting punched into next tuesday☆ it really explored a lot of the utopian world and it's so interesting☆ Citra has 0% time for your shenanigans and will salt and roast you without warning☆ the Thunderhead like is solving the biggest problems of the universe AND takes time to ask you how your day was and say your tie looks nice☆ so good so nice☆ I thought I'd be "eh" about Tolliver's storyline but I am intrigued☆ there was such a gnarly grisly Unwind moment and I was just !!! HOW DARE YOU THO+ And really my biggest complaints were just:It was super long, could've been better paced?? And the tone stops me from really connecting to the characters, although I enjoy reading about them.THIS IS HOW SEQUELS SHOULD BE DONE. And holy heckkkk I am so desperate to know what's going to happen next, because that all went TO DOOM real fast (in the best possible way). Exceptional world building, epic writing, and I love the adorable murdery scheming characters of Citra and Rowan so so much.
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  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    Just kidding! Everyone gets a cape robe in this. Some scythes are even blinging up theirs to show they support a new order of scything.... ...throwing morals to the wind and murdering gleaning people however and whenever they please.Rowan has gone rogue and Citra is adjusting to her first year as an official scythe. A new character named Greyson is introduced and I really liked him.The Thunderhead has become much more of a character. He's the super-advanced artificial intelligence who takes care Just kidding! Everyone gets a cape robe in this. Some scythes are even blinging up theirs to show they support a new order of scything.... ...throwing morals to the wind and murdering gleaning people however and whenever they please.Rowan has gone rogue and Citra is adjusting to her first year as an official scythe. A new character named Greyson is introduced and I really liked him.The Thunderhead has become much more of a character. He's the super-advanced artificial intelligence who takes care of everything the humans would screw up.Haha, no it's not evil. Yet. That we know of.Anyways, this was a great follow up to the first book, which was also awesome. I don't want to say too much more because of spoilers.This ended with a crazy cliffhanger. I need answers. The author has done a fabulous job of creating this utopian, sci-fi, kind of perfect yet scary future. I mean, pain nanites and having your metabolism sped up to lose weight and being able to come back from the dead over and over sounds kind of cool, but there are also some downfalls. Like the 10% possibility you could be gleaned by a scythe. Which means you aren't "deadish," but totally dead. Forever. Because that is how the population is controlled in the future.Previous post:Woah, there is a title and synopsis.... January 2018. I need dis.Scythe - FIVE STARS!
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  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars (rounded down) - now if only Goodreads would introduce half star ratings, then I wouldn't have to go breaking mathematical rules to round down, when I am clearly supposed to be rounding up!“An arrogant head of state gives permission to all nature of hate as long as it feeds his ambition. And the unfortunate truth is, people devour it. Society gorges itself, and rots. Permission is the bloated corpse of freedom.”I think I've found another favorite author. I had a feeling after I've re 4.5/5 stars (rounded down) - now if only Goodreads would introduce half star ratings, then I wouldn't have to go breaking mathematical rules to round down, when I am clearly supposed to be rounding up!“An arrogant head of state gives permission to all nature of hate as long as it feeds his ambition. And the unfortunate truth is, people devour it. Society gorges itself, and rots. Permission is the bloated corpse of freedom.”​I think I've found another favorite author. I had a feeling after I've read Scythe, but I wanted to read his second book to make sure that it wasn't a fluke, and it wasn't. I love Shusterman's writing style, I applaud his ability to twist and turn a story and I admire his ideas and thoughts that he puts out in his books. If I may recommend, I would definitely advise that you purchase the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition (if you are able) because Shusrteman's commentary made the book even better. We got to go behind every chapter and see the logic and the heart behind his creations. I love how he lets his characters drive his show, and I loved how honest he was in his commentary. I think I liked Scythe just a tiny bit better than I did Thunderhead. Not because Thunderhead was weaker or anything, but because Scythe literally blew my mind with its turns and twists. I was able to guess some of them in Thunderhead, which I was quite proud of. “It’s my pleasure to be your displeasure.”Once again I applaud the author who managed to write a book that doesn't contain any usual ya book tropes (the ones that I hate so much)- no soppy romance, no love triangles, no "almost sex passion make-out scenes". This is what good, no scratch that, great dystopian is.​Thunderhead managed to seamlessly introduce new characters, and while I didn't care much for Munira, although I am sure she will be much more important in the next book, I loved Greyson from the very first pages. His story arc was the most interesting and the most tragic in the book, I even found myself wanting Greyson to have more page time, because I grew to like him so much. Just as in Scythe I found myself enjoying "journal entries" between chapters very much. This time we got to be inside of Thunderhead's "head" and see it get progressively more and more human in its thoughts and later in its actions. The ending was both action packed and epic, and normally I really dislike cliffhangers, but this time I didn't mind. I just cannot wait for the next book to come out. My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG
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  • Connor
    January 1, 1970
    My Video Review:https://youtu.be/SBE7W8doqB8
  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    Book Reviewed by Nia on www.whisperingstories.comI’m so glad that I read this book directly after the first in the series, I was still very much in the zone and this book was absolute perfection.I felt that Scythe, the first book, was a little slow in the action and pacing department but it turns out that it was all about setting things up for this book – the politics we were introduced to have now taken a dark turn, we learn more about the Thunderhead and its origins, and Citra and Rowan are no Book Reviewed by Nia on www.whisperingstories.comI’m so glad that I read this book directly after the first in the series, I was still very much in the zone and this book was absolute perfection.I felt that Scythe, the first book, was a little slow in the action and pacing department but it turns out that it was all about setting things up for this book – the politics we were introduced to have now taken a dark turn, we learn more about the Thunderhead and its origins, and Citra and Rowan are now finding their footing in the world of scythes. The Thunderhead is a giant AI system created by humans to run the world and sustain humanity, exploring what all that means is fascinating and a deeply compelling read. The pacing is punchy, taking us from one event to another with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue in between.We’re introduced to a new main character in this book, Greyson, a regular person who was raised by the Thunderhead rather than his negligent parents. The author then tells us about events from the perspectives of Greyson, Rowan and Citra, with journal style entries by the Thunderhead between each chapter. So that’s two people who can’t communicate with the AI that runs the world, one who was raised by it and the AI itself which has to abide by its own rules, which means being unable to intervene in events despite being able to see what’s coming.The best thing about this book is the huge and unpredictable leaps it takes with the narrative; some things you can see coming but others will leave you reeling. The author isn’t afraid to do some risky things, which I think pays off big time. Knowing that absolutely anything could happen makes it more exciting and a 500 page gut punch, which has left me devastated that the next instalment hasn’t been published yet.It would be remiss of me not to mention the cover art for this series – I LOVE the cover design, I can’t wait for the entire series to be released so I can decide whether or not it would be too obsessive to have a poster made of them all.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Yes! Finally a 5 Star read!Well that ended with a real bang! I loved Scythe but I love Thunderhead even more. I gave Scythe 4 Stars last year but I thought it lacked something in the world building column. I did not have that problem with Thunderhead, not only did I feel completely enmeshed in this world but I felt like the background of this world was fleshed out. I usually find it annoying when new characters are introduced in sequels but I love Greyson Tolliver and at times enjoyed his chapte Yes! Finally a 5 Star read!Well that ended with a real bang! I loved Scythe but I love Thunderhead even more. I gave Scythe 4 Stars last year but I thought it lacked something in the world building column. I did not have that problem with Thunderhead, not only did I feel completely enmeshed in this world but I felt like the background of this world was fleshed out. I usually find it annoying when new characters are introduced in sequels but I love Greyson Tolliver and at times enjoyed his chapters more then Rowan and Citra chapters. I don't know how I'll be able to stand the LONG wait for book 3. Recommended for everyone who loves evenly plotted storylines and great world building. 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge: A Book Published in 2018 & Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge: The Next Book in a Series You Started.
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  • Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
    January 1, 1970
    JUNE UPDATE ON MY FAVORITE READ OF 2018: Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this book has over 11,000 ratings, and the average GR rating is freaking 4.55 STARS?!?! If this isn't a contender for a 2018 book of the year, I will come armed to the tooth with sporks, willing to fight anyone who disagrees..... Okay, that's the end of this update. Onto the review...NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD DO THAT TO US, NEAL.SERIOUSLY. WHO HURT YOU?Um.Oh my god.OH MY GOD.OH MY EVER-LOVING JUNE UPDATE ON MY FAVORITE READ OF 2018: Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this book has over 11,000 ratings, and the average GR rating is freaking 4.55 STARS?!?! If this isn't a contender for a 2018 book of the year, I will come armed to the tooth with sporks, willing to fight anyone who disagrees..... Okay, that's the end of this update. Onto the review...NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD DO THAT TO US, NEAL.SERIOUSLY. WHO HURT YOU?Um.Oh my god.OH MY GOD.OH MY EVER-LOVING SWEET JESUS THUNDERHEAD OF A GODI'm lost somewhere betweenANDNeal Shusterman just set the standard for my favorite series and/or book. OF ALL TIME. How did this even happen?!? I didn't even love the first book as much as the rest of humanity. I can't even believe people liked the first book more than this masterpiece. How am I even expected to recover from that? How am I supposed to wait until 2019 for book 3? What does one even read after this journey?! WHERE DOES MY READING LIFE GO FROM HERE?Someone, anyone send help please. My heart feels so cold. What is life. What am I. How.Edit: I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. contemplating this entire book and world. I'm still just as upset as I was. I feel like it's going to take a lot of processing for me to make it through this. And I honestly feel bad for whatever book I read next, because I think my standards are just too high right now....The 2-month update literally no one asked for: I read this book two months ago, and my heart still hasn’t recovered. I’m still thinking about the characters, the world, and THAT FREAKING ENDING. This year, I have yet to read a book that touches this one in terms of quality, and it’s my #1 contender for my book of the year. Find yourself a book that affects you the way Thunderhead affected me. Looool I’m only kind of joking, though....
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  • Ronak Gajjar
    January 1, 1970
    WHY THAT ENDING? - What am I suppose to do? Dive from a cliff because of all sneaky suspense? Or I could be as mean as the end and say this:Reading this, unknowingly a change happened to me! Usually, I sit around with notepad, different colored pens to scribble my thought-process, and lots of coffee when I read anything. However, for this particular book, I am somewhat blank from scribbling point of view. There were portions (*especially from Thunderhead) when I literally did hold my breath as i WHY THAT ENDING? - What am I suppose to do? Dive from a cliff because of all sneaky suspense? Or I could be as mean as the end and say this:Reading this, unknowingly a change happened to me! Usually, I sit around with notepad, different colored pens to scribble my thought-process, and lots of coffee when I read anything. However, for this particular book, I am somewhat blank from scribbling point of view. There were portions (*especially from Thunderhead) when I literally did hold my breath as if I was kind of waiting for an Apocalypse! Concept: 3.75/5.0Execution: 3.75/5.0 Characters Bespoken: 4.0 /5.0Cover: 4.0/5.0Overall: 4.0/5.0Broadening the character maps along with justification and elaboration of the plot kept on bewitching until the end. Though somehow the ending was bit abstractly drawn most times, it did not waver the whole damn story-line. Introducing new characters really made it more interesting than confusing! I appreciate it highly. P.S.: I really wish I had noted more points for this story!It reminds me of: Maybe someday I will write down full review. Thanks to all the BR partners for making it more interesting. Eagerly waiting for the third part! * * * *Buddy Read with: My Seattle Girl <3 :* :) &Mr.Sweetness <3 :P :D&Mr.Mumbai Boy :P :D&Lovely Jenny <3 :)
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    Again I will say it, Neal Shusterman (NS) is the Sci-Fi King of What If….He takes a thought like hey we have a cloud now and we are putting more and more stuff in it what if years and years down the road we have an AI version that is a mash up of The Cloud/Google/Facebook/Amazon and it had a social conscience and was put in charge of EVERYTHING. How would the world change? How could I not love the very beings who gave me life? Even if they don’t all agree that I am, indeed, alive. I am the sum o Again I will say it, Neal Shusterman (NS) is the Sci-Fi King of What If….He takes a thought like hey we have a cloud now and we are putting more and more stuff in it what if years and years down the road we have an AI version that is a mash up of The Cloud/Google/Facebook/Amazon and it had a social conscience and was put in charge of EVERYTHING. How would the world change? How could I not love the very beings who gave me life? Even if they don’t all agree that I am, indeed, alive. I am the sum of all their knowledge, all their history, all their ambitions and dreams. These glorious things have coalesced—ignited—into a cloud too immense for them to ever truly comprehend. But they don’t need to. They have me to ponder my own vastness, While Scythe focused on the training of two Scythes and so the beginning and end of chapter excerpts where from Scythes Journals in Thunderhead they are all the Thunderheads thoughts. It is really a great way to give the reader some outside information from the character PoVs and infodump without it ever seeming like an infodump. I loved learning more about the Thunderhead and realizing that maybe it is not as ambivalent as once thought since it seems to have some favorite humans out there.Rowan and Citra are both trying to change the Scythedom after the events at the end of Scythe. Citra is working from inside the system trying to make killing the populace a thought about affair with great respect. Rowan has to work from outside the system since he is being hunted, but he is also the hunter and is killing Scythes who are using their position for power, genocide or something else unsavory. They are so perfect for each other but at the same time they are torn apart by circumstance. “We weren’t close,” Citra insisted. “We weren’t anything.” And that hurt to admit more than her parents could possibly know. How could she and Rowan have any kind of relationship when they were forced to be lethal adversaries? Even now, when he was hunted and she was yoked with the heavy responsibility of scythehood, how could there be anything between them but a dark well of longing? So you know I totally ship them! I wish they got more page time together in this book but due to the roles they are playing there wasn’t a lot.New to the story is Greyson. He is a kid with absentee parents that was raised by the Thunderhead. All emotions that he should feel towards his family he feels for the Thunderhead, it was the one constant in his life that was always there for him and he would do anything to help the Thunderhead or be closer to it. This includes an undercover mission that the Thunderhead will not be able to give him any direct direction on. I liked the addition of Greyson to the cast. Through him we were able to see how some of the people who like to rebel against society lived. Simply put, humanity had a need to be bad. Not everyone, of course—but I calculated that 3 percent of the population could only find meaning in life through defiance. Even if there was no injustice in the world left to defy, they had an innate need to defy something.  Anything. This was a great bridge book to the Trilogy. Now you’re probably saying, “But Robin I thought this was a dualogy.” Yeah me too, but then I got to the end and thought really, that is where this story ends. But what about Faraday and his Quest? What about the thing the Thunderhead did at the end? What about Rowan and Citra and their fate??? What about the bad guy???? Well guess what there will be answers to all of those questions and more in Arc of the Scythe #3 that I had no idea there would even be but color me happy cuz more books in this world.This is Neal Shusterman so expect some moments that just rip your heart out. If you read Unwind you know the kind of shocking moments I’m talking about. There are some really good twists and the world building was excellent opening up more information about the Scythes and the politics within the Scythedom. The Thunderhead is a fantastic character as well. It has evolved from what it was originally supposed to be and I loved getting a sense of the internal struggle it was having since clearly it is more attached to a few in the general populace and being unable to intervene to help them is having more of an affect on it than it should. And the pain . . . the pain of my awareness is unbearable. Because my eyes do not close. Ever. And so all I can do is watch unblinkingly as my beloved humankind slowly weaves the rope it will use to hang itself.—The Thunderhead Scythe was in my top 10 reads of 2017 and this was a great follow-up to that. While I was slightly disappointed that this was not the end of the story since I was planning on a dualogy and knowing all of the things after this book I’m also really excited that there will be a final book in this series. I can’t wait to see what else will happen to all of our heroes and it will be interesting to see what kind a punishment the bad guy/guys will finally get for all of his/their crimes which are many.
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  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    oh. my. god. OH MYGOD. OH. MY. GOD. I CANNOT. FUNCTION. i feel like,,, i can’t explain how i feel because there aren’t words. OH MY GOD. OHHHHH MYYYYY GOOOOODDDDD(i actually give this book 4 stars but that ending is 5 stars so i’ll leave that here for now)rtcOH MY GOD. —buddy read with Tara 💗 (i’ll tag)I’m living for this cover’s colour and just generally Scythe Faraday, please don’t hurt me Shusterman I can’t take it with this exam stress I’m already having
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK AT THAT COVER OH MY GOD IM SCREAMING
  • lucie
    January 1, 1970
    Thunderhead was a good book but even though I enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as the first book and I found myself less interested in the story. I expected a lot of action but I got a lot strategic and political moves instead. I didn't like the additional POVs and the ending? (view spoiler)[Sharknado much? (hide spoiler)] No, just no. It as weird. But I'm still looking forward to the next one.***It's rare for me to read a sequel almost right after finishing the first book - so it has to mean somet Thunderhead was a good book but even though I enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as the first book and I found myself less interested in the story. I expected a lot of action but I got a lot strategic and political moves instead. I didn't like the additional POVs and the ending? (view spoiler)[Sharknado much? (hide spoiler)] No, just no. It as weird. But I'm still looking forward to the next one.***It's rare for me to read a sequel almost right after finishing the first book - so it has to mean something, right? 🙏 Please don't disappoint und give me more Rowan, thank you. Continuing buddy read with Warda! 🌻
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  • Jodi Meadows
    January 1, 1970
    *SCREAMS IN AGONY*WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? WHY WHY WHY
  • Piya
    January 1, 1970
    BR with Lady Midnight 😘Lord of Shadows :P You-know-who 😒4 chapters in..and its looking good good good !! :D
  • Coreen (AsThePlotThickens)
    January 1, 1970
    FULL USELESS REVIEW POSTED! "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears --or eyes, whatever-- I hereby declare that I already licked a swab of cotton buds, secured it in a ziplock and plan to make that particular sample of DNA as a family heirloom to be cherish by my descendants with an instruction to resurrect me when a true Thunderhead was created." You know that you read a one of a kind book when you stare at the wall for hours and spend the next 24 hours of your existence acting like the FULL USELESS REVIEW POSTED! "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears --or eyes, whatever-- I hereby declare that I already licked a swab of cotton buds, secured it in a ziplock and plan to make that particular sample of DNA as a family heirloom to be cherish by my descendants with an instruction to resurrect me when a true Thunderhead was created." You know that you read a one of a kind book when you stare at the wall for hours and spend the next 24 hours of your existence acting like the main character of the story. You adapt her attitude, mannerisms, morals and virtues --which disappears when you start to read another book, but who the fuck cares--It took me a week to write a coherent review about this masterpiece because my thoughts are scattered beneath the Atlantic Ocean together with (view spoiler)[The REST OF THE ENDURA that Scythe "pigfucking" Goddard sunk" (hide spoiler)] and had to be fetch manually by my pet unicorns. (Yep, you're reading a book review written by a nutcrack)If you think that the world building in Scythe is already glorious then you have to think twice because Thunderhead is about to blow you away. Things are a little bit more serious here my friends. More consequences. More enemies. More fucking everything.It's really amazing how the author of this novel managed to think of this concept and I am so glad that I am one of the first 40,000 to discover it.Reasons to read this book:-Hot male protagonist which borders to a narcissistic-homicidal-psychopath to a lovesick teenager who wants to keep her lass safe. (sounds cringy, right? It isn't, I'm just a total sucker when it comes to writing book reviews)-Resurrection of some pigfucking, mule-sucking bastards here and there.-Amazing world building-New characters-and DEATHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAi love everything about this book and it quickly became as one of my favorite series. The concept of this novel is just so unique that I want to give it a hundred stars for originality alone. I know that this review is barely understandable so I'll just shut the hell up and let you guys decide whether to read it or not.
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Now that I've settled into this at first hard to swallow premise, I am enjoying the series quite a bit. Although I still don't feel particularly connected to the main characters (3rd person narration must have something to do with that), the world is fascinating, and Shusterman has done a great job expanding it in this sequel. In Thunderhead he has one of the most interesting AI creations I've encountered so far in YA (and adult lit), and glimpses of Unwind-like horror kept me pleasantly terrifi Now that I've settled into this at first hard to swallow premise, I am enjoying the series quite a bit. Although I still don't feel particularly connected to the main characters (3rd person narration must have something to do with that), the world is fascinating, and Shusterman has done a great job expanding it in this sequel. In Thunderhead he has one of the most interesting AI creations I've encountered so far in YA (and adult lit), and glimpses of Unwind-like horror kept me pleasantly terrified and repulsed. P.S. I don't know how this series can ever end on a positive note. This world is just WRONG!
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    AHHHHH I NEED THE NEXT BOOK AHHHHHHH
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY @*! That was phenomenal. What a great followup to Scythe.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    This series is just crazy good! I believe I gave book one ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and this sequel is getting the same amount of stars! There are so many characters readers get drawn into in this series but also the world is crazy to think about after you shut the book. A world where people are gleamed instead of dying naturally just draws you into the book but then you find yourself invested in the characters journeys and you are a goner for the series! My quick and simple overall: insanely good sequel with new t This series is just crazy good! I believe I gave book one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and this sequel is getting the same amount of stars! There are so many characters readers get drawn into in this series but also the world is crazy to think about after you shut the book. A world where people are gleamed instead of dying naturally just draws you into the book but then you find yourself invested in the characters journeys and you are a goner for the series! My quick and simple overall: insanely good sequel with new twists and turns.
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