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review 2018-04-11 19:54
Review: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) - Neal Shusterman

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?



I really enjoyed the first book except it was a bit slow paced for my taste. However I did not have that problem with this book. No, not at all this book was fast paced, nonstop, epic journey with more plot twists I thought possible.

This books starts off almost a year where we left of, which I liked since it gave the characters plenty of time to grow into their “new” roles.

In the beginning of the book it is almost as if Rowan and Citra switched roles, their stands and morale of Scythedom. I wasn’t sure about Rowan at first but the more we earned about him and his motives and so on I really came back around loving him.

Citra, man I loved her so much in this book. I loved how she changed things but never really saw the impact she is having and how she slowly  uses that to her advantage.

We also meet Tyger again and to be honest I really never care about him and really didn’t see his purpose beyond filling some pages but man o man was I wrong and I did not see that coming. Nope not in a million years.

We meet some new people along the way and one of them is Greyson and I really enjoyed him, his vie, his history and his overall purpose.

We also learn a lot more about the Scythedom and the Thunderhead, which was also very interesting. But of course we are left with more questions yet.

I’m really curios to know what the deal with Texas is, why are there certain spots like Texas where the rules differ.

Overall this book was insane and just kept shucking me over and over again with twists and turns.

The end though was crazy and I did not see that coming, some of it I thought about other I had no idea. I can’t wait to see how things play out in the next book.

I rate this book a full 5★







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text 2018-04-07 06:00
Reading progress: 50%.
Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Still really into this one.  


I certainly did not see that twist coming -- how Scythe Faraday got around the Conclave's plan for his two apprentices.

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text 2018-04-07 04:02
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Scythe - Neal Shusterman

From another chapter epigraph:  

...think about religion and how, once we became our own saviors, our own gods, most faiths became irrelevant.


What must it have been like to believe in something greater than oneself? To accept imperfection and look to a rising vision of all we could never be? It must have been comforting.


It must have been frightening. It must have lifted people from the mundane, but also justified all sorts of evil.


I often wonder if the bright benefit of belief outweighed the darkness its abuse could bring. 

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text 2018-04-07 03:50
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Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Choosing compassion over obligation. There was a lesson to be learned in every gleaning, and today’s was one she would not soon forget. The sanctity of the law . . . and the wisdom to know when it must be broken.

I particularly like that last line.


I am so enjoying this book and these people.  They mostly don't seem like teenagers.

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text 2018-04-07 03:28
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Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Nice to think the future still holds emergency cat videos.  (Okay out of all the profound life/death and what if immortality questions -- yeah, I focused on that.). Thunderhead is the AI that developed from the cloud/internet of our day:

“But people could read it. The Scythe Archive is open to everyone.”


“Yeah,” said Rowan, “like the Thunderhead. People can read anything, but no one does. All they do is play games and watch cat holograms.”

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