Review: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman

December 10, 2018
Thunderhead, (Arc of a Scythe #2), Neal Shusterman, InToriLex
Published By: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 9, 2019
Format Read: Hardback Edition (504 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Dystopia/ Sci-fi
Series:Book Two of Arc of a Scythe
Source: Purchased
~Amazon~                                                         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?


Content Warning: Torture, Graphic Violence


The Thunderhead is an all knowing AI that you love, fear and can't escape. In this world of immorality the Thunderhead is determined to make earth, humanity and society function optimally. However because the Scythe's and Scythdom is out of the Thunderhead's domain, Rowan and Citra have to find creative ways to fight the corruption of the Scythedom. Neal Shusterman knows how to seamlessly make you think more deeply about the world around you while you contemplate the morality of this world. Citra and Rowan have to adjust to dealing with the Scythedom on their own terms. The characters are dynamic, the world building is fantastic, and I enjoyed every bit of suspense, humor and action this book has to offer.
"Society gorges itself, and rots. Permission is the bloated corpse of freedom."
Plot points and characters surprised me. The villain of this story was flipped and changed a few times throughout the book. The Scythedom's political intrigue is processes are more multi-faceted than I  imagined. I was happy to learn more about the underground world of Unsavories, people intent on getting into trouble and their function in this wold. The use of vignettes of the Thunderhead's thoughts led you to empathize with a being that beings to understand the frustration of living in a world you cannot control. Our main characters find themselves in more danger with higher stakes than ever before. This sequel solidified how amazing this world and these characters are.
How ironic, then and how poetic, that humankind may have created the Creator out of want for one. Man Creates God, who then creates man. Is that not the perfect circle of life? But then if that turns out to be the case, who is created in whose image?
Although this is a young adult novel, the themes of life, death and purpose can resonate with any reader. I cheered,  laughed and worried many times while reading this book. If you enjoyed the world of Scythe, do not hesitate to continue on with the series.

Recommended for Readers who
- enjoy Dystopia's with a funny and all knowing AI
- appreciate action packed books with well developed characters
- enjoyed Scythe and want more twisty plot, humor and philosophy

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman


Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script
In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country. Neal's talents range from film directing (two short films he directed won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards) to writing music and stage plays – including book and lyrical contributions to “American Twistory,” which is currently playing in Boston. He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful "How to Host a Mystery" game for teens, as well as seven "How to Host a Murder" games.
As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written for the "Goosebumps" and “Animorphs” TV series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect”. Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios.

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