Young Adult Thriller Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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Young Adult Thriller Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

by neal shusterman
Young Adult Thriller Review: Thunderhead by Neal ShustermanThunderhead Series: Arc of a Scythe #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on January 9, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / General, Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense / General
Pages: 512
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“Intelligent and entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Even better than the first book.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Humans learn from their mistakes. I cannot. I make no mistakes.

The Thunderhead is the perfect ruler of a perfect world, but it has no control over the scythedom. 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.

Old foes and new enemies converge, and as corruption within the Scythedom spreads, Rowan and Citra begin to lose hope. Will the Thunderhead intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?



Thunderhead is the second book in the Arc of the Scythe series and this one does not suffer at all from slow book two syndrome. There is action, twists, murder, and truth bombs exploding. The main theme is should the Thunderhead who is all knowing interefere when one part of the world that they have basically ignored step in and shut them down? The Thunderhead basically ignores any and everything to do with the Scythes and they have no access to the Thunderhead, but things have seriously gone off the rails and you would think that the all knowing AI would shut it down. This second book is bascially what would happen if the AI continue to stick to harsh rules it has implemented and does not. Your going to be wanting book three immediately at the end of this one.

About neal shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, Everlost, and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.