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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!

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

 

 

Gunslinger Girl

Author: Lyndsay Ely
Published: January 2, 2018
433 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity’s struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

Kim’s Review:

I really liked this book! It was a new take on the classic western with a kick ass heroine! Pity was a relatively strong protagonist who was likeable and relatable. The only reason that I’m giving this book 4 stars instead of 5, is because Pity does falter at times. Unfortunately, in trying to stay true to her conscience, which I acknowledge, she appears weak. It certainly doesn’t help that she’s unreasonably hard on herself. But overall, I liked Pity a lot.

This is stand alone that could have easily been stretched into a series and there’s a part of me that wishes Ely had stretched it out. There were times that the story felt rushed and like all the info was smushed in. The story was interesting and unique and with a good twist. I loved the feel of Cessation! I really felt like I was walking into a town very much like Tombstone or Dodge.

The Casimir was an unorthodox and dangerous haven in the middle of a more dangerous world. This is another book that focuses on the gray in between the black and white of life. And I would like to formally request a book about Siena Bond! If Serendipity is a bad ass, then Bond is a BEAST! Seriously, I would buy that book! I would absolutely recommend this book to high school girls. There are a couple adult scenes, but they aren’t graphic at all so I think Gunslinger Girl is safe for high schoolers.

And I have to talk about the cover! I honestly bought this book, mainly because of the cover!! Its gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! A very good book!

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The Thousandth Floor


Author: Katherine McGee
Published: August 30, 2016
496 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Kim’s Review:

I really, really disliked this book! I don’t want to say hate, because I didn’t necessarily hate the story, but I will admit that I hated the characters! Honestly, if the future holds such stupid, immature, whiny, spoiled teenagers, then I want no part in it. I tried reading this book 2 years ago, and after about 75 pages, I had to put it down. I couldn’t take the drama anymore! When I ended up finding it on Audible for really cheap, I thought I’d give it another chance. Usually I do better with audiobooks than I do with physical books, with the ones that I tried reading but lost interest. I barely made it through the audiobook! All the rich kids, who honestly have very few problems, have to create problems because they’re bored. The poor kids blame rich people for all their problems, instead of taking personal responsibility.

I couldn’t stand Avery at all! I guess if my parents genetically engineered me and I was the most beautiful girl on planet earth, then I’d at least try to use my brain more often. Oh no! the one guy that she “can’t have” (spare me, he’s adopted, you nitwit!!) is of course the one she wants. She’s spoiled and manipulative and selfishly puts her own wants (there are very few needs in this story) above the good of her friends. Leda is just evil and vindictive. Rylin, who does actually have a brain, is so stinkin immature that she sabotages herself at every turn. And the one person that I actually kinda sorta liked/tolerated was Eris. She started out as a spoiled party girl, but ends up changing and sorta maturing quite a bit. Overall, this is just an exhausting book. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2, is because the story was at times interesting. I really wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.

Purchase Links:
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