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Thunderhead

**Thunderhead is the sequel to Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Kim’s review of Scythe is here.  Jessica will be listening to the audiobook of Scythe very soon.

Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: November 21, 2017
504 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating:  5 stars

Book Description:

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. The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

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. Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Kim’s Review:

A year has passed since I read Scythe for the first time. I counted down the days until Thunderhead would be released. I jumped up and down when I opened the box and there it sat in all its gorgeous glory. I opened it and descended into the world of Scythes gleaning and the Thunderhead guiding and the human population living. Scythe Lucifer spends his time trying to save Scythedom from corruption and murder. Citra tries to embrace Scythe Anastasia and grow into her own method of gleaning. Scythe Curie carefully guides and teaches her former apprentice, turned junior Scythe while trying to keep up with her own gleaning. And in this book, the Thunderhead is revealed. Its thinking, and strangely, its feeling comes out in great detail! It cares for the world and humans and it works constantly to care for them and protect them, all while trying to preserve privacy and freedom.

I was fascinated by the way Shusterman compares Thunderhead to God, yet focuses on the differences between the two. And then, at page 450, when I realized that there weren’t enough pages to resolve the story, my stomach started to clench. And no, the story didn’t resolve, this isn’t a duology, there’s another book in the series . . . and it doesn’t come out until 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to throw the book across the room and curse the name of Neal Shusterman with every evil thing and swear word I could possibly think of!!!!!!!! I’m never going to make it, I’m gonna die of anticipation, that’s it. I would talk about all the philosophy and logic and ethics and deep thinking that were in Thunderhead, but I’m just too mad. I would highly suggest waiting to read this series until the next book comes out . . . oh gosh, what if that’s not the last book in the series????

GRRRRRRRRRRR!! That’s it, no more reading!!! I can’t take the stress!!! Ok, let’s get back to a professional review. I would absolutely recommend this series to anybody. I would save this for more mature teens, not because of objectionable elements, but because more mature thinking is required. An excellent book and series . . . so excellent that it draws you in and envelops you just to keep you hanging off a dang cliffhanger!

Purchase Links
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Kim and Neal Shusterman at a recent book signing in Charleston:

 

 

Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman
449 Pages
Published: November 22, 2016

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

Description from Amazon:

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

Kim’s Review:

In a Post Mortal world, all disease, death, old age, danger, weather, and mystery has been eliminated. The Thunderhead is conscious, dictatorial, yet benevolent presence in everyone’s lives. For everyone, but the scythes. In a world without death, over population has become a grave issue. Space settlement is one of the rare things that is beyond Thunderhead. So, to combat overpopulation, Scythedom was created. The scythes are the professional killers who “glean” people’s lives. Each scythe has his or her own way of gleaning, his or her own philosophy for why they glean. And most importantly, Scythedom doesn’t interfere with Thunderhead and Thunderhead doesn’t interfere with Scythedom. This is the world that Citra and Rowan live in. And in one day, both lives will change forever. Scythe Faraday, of the Old Order of thinking, decides to take both on as apprentices. And after a year, he will choose which one is most worthy to become a scythe. Both have excellent moral fiber, both are hard workers, and neither one wants the job. This book follows Citra’s and Rowan’s stories, down the roads each travel. As much as I want to divulge more detail from this book, to draw you in, to show you just how amazing this book is, I will not. I will not ruin this amazing journey that you will travel through this story. And I’ll say in advance, “You’re welcome!”, and when you finish this book, you’ll understand why!

When I started this book, I didn’t realize that I would be giving it 5 stars. I will admit, I almost put this book down, because the beginning was a little slow. But boy howdy, am I glad I kept reading! This book is easily one of my favorites of this year! Neal Shusterman is my new hero and I cannot wait for the next book to come out in March! This book kept me guessing and not in that “oh I’m so stupid for not seeing that!” kinda way. And it was far deeper than I ever anticipated. I was questioning my views on life and death by the time I was done. And I hate thinking about my own mortality. But what if I was faced with a human immortality? Would each day mean as much? Would I get things that I want to accomplish done? Or would I forever push them off? Are humans meant to be immortal in our earthly bodies? Yeah, that’s how I spent these last few days! Even when I wasn’t reading, I was pondering. So please pick this book up. Enjoy it! Become engrossed in it! Consider its ideas, its philosophies. I can promise you that no matter what type of book you enjoy, you will revel in this one!

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