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?
Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopia
Earlier this year I read Scythe and it instantly became a favorite of mine. So, obviously, I was eagerly waiting for Thunderhead. And, as soon as I received it, I started reading. I must admit my expectations for this novel were very high, perhaps too high. Indeed, I didn’t love this novel as much as I thought I would. Now, don’t get me wrong, Thunderhead is a great book and in many ways I loved it. It just wasn’t as good as Scythe for me.
My biggest issue with Thunderhead is the pacing. I flew through Scythe in no time, but it took me sooooo long to get through this second book. Right from the start, you can see different elements being introduced and you know those pieces will eventually come together for an epic finale. But before getting there, I’ve had to push through some lengthy parts.
“if we were judged by the things we most regret, no human being would be worthy to sweep the floor.”
Luckily, Shusterman doesn’t just hint at an epic finale, he delivers. Towards the end, I was reminded of why I loved Scythe so much. I could put the book down and the ending completely caught me off guard. I can guarantee that the wait for book three will be long and painful for me.
Furthermore, this novel had some of the elements that I had loved in the first one. For example, I still adore our two main characters, and I really like how they evolved in this book. I’m also really glad we got to spend some time with Marie, who is such an amazing character. And, more than anything else, I love that Thunderhead makes us think about a lot of things, the way Scythe did. While reading this book you can’t help but wonder if this is what the future might look like. And the scary part is, it really could.
“Because rain is the closest thing I have to tears.”
Finally, this second book gives us a look into the Thunderhead and it’s conscience. These extracts were really fascinating and a nice addition. It got me really curious about this “character” and its evolution in the next book.