Title: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2018
Page Count: 504 (Hardcover)
Age Recommendation: 10
Final Impression: Bland. Boring. Slow. Eh. Not memorable. Enjoyable but not entertaining,
Rowan 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? ~ Goodreads
Thunderhead is the sequel of Neal Shusterman’s debut novel, Scythe. It follows the chaotic lives of our two main characters, Citra and Rowan and a few others. (Unimportant of course.) Tensions heat up as things are constantly in the Scythedom. A few unmemorable events go down until the end when things hit….rock bottom. Hahahahhaha 😉
I would like to say that I’m disappointed, but unfortunately this book sparked no emotions out of me at all. In fact, I’m pretty sure a silent film about watching paint dry could have made me feel more. The worst thing is, this book is not much of a downgrade from the previous one. The biggest difference between the two was that the first was so refreshingly original. The concept fascinated me and I wanted to know more about it. The newness made up for, pretty much, everything else. In this book, the content was not refreshing and it read like any dystopian YA novel ever. Not only that, but the dystopianess wasn’t even that…dystopian. If the scythedom really did become what everyone worried it was becoming, it would suck but it would also not be the end of the world. Things were still much better than they are even now and there really isn’t that big of a deal. Like yes, terrorism is awful and it should be eliminated, but there is also the fact that there are only about 100 people who are a part of the terrorist organization and probably 14 billion people who are good people soo….
Plus the only two characters with a hint of depth, actually were somewhat interesting, or some backstory, had to be killed off. Of course. And for the Thunderhead seemingly having ‘all of human knowledge’ you think it would actually have been smart? One of the most drastic decisions it probably has ever made was in this book, and it was also the Worst Decision Ever.
This book series could have been a fascinating look at humanity as a whole and on the individual level, but instead it is an incredably predictable dystopian novel. I will probably not remember this book in two weeks, and with romance dryer than the Sahara desert and pointless everything, can you blame me?
finding easy scapegoats for complicated problems had been a human pastime since the first mob of cavemen struck someone down with a rock.
“It’s freeing not to care about anyone or anything,” his cousin had told him. Ironic, because he’d had iron chains surgically implanted into his wrists
“It’s my pleasure to be your displeasure.”
What Does the Cat Think?
I give this book 3 stars out of 5!