Thunderhead by: Neal Shusterman

Summary:

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?

The Review:

Scythe, was one of my favorite books of 2017, so of course I was very excited for Thunderhead, and it was even included in my Most Anticipated Read for 2018, and it did not disappoint at all.

The story takes place about a year after the Winter Conclave in which Citra, who is now Scythe Anastasia is going through her journey as a Scythe. What I love about this book is that it fleshes out the world of the Scythes and how long they have been around, and it also taps into a lot of the different morals that the Scythes has along with their politics. During her first year, she even tries to bend the rules of being a Scythe, such as giving a person she gleans about a month to get their affairs in order.

Of course a lot of Citra’s beliefs doesn’t sit well with the Order. I like that Citra got a lot of great development in this book, and I like that she begins to question her life as a Scythe.

Rowan, is basically a fugitive mainly because during the past year he has been killing other Scythes under the name Scythe Lucifer, and has been basically been a legend among the people. He also had some good development as well.

There are some new characters, there is Greyson, who I did learn to like. But one of y favorite new characters is Scythe Rand. She is someone who is very sneaky, and she works for someone in the shadows, who I am not going to spoil, but if you read Scythe, I could kinda see who she was working for. There as a lot of complexities to her

I also like that the book was extremely well paced, and there was not a single dull moment in the book, and it made it such a great page turner. Even some of the world building chapters gave us clues about the history of the Scythes and why they are important. Also that ending, it makes me want to read the next book immediately, but then come to the realization that it hasn’t been released yet.

In the end, Thunderhead was an amazing sequel. It managed to give characters development and flesh out the world even more. New characters were given time to shine, while furthering developing the returning character. Also its cliffhanger was amazing,

Grade: 5/5

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Summary:

Thou shalt kill.

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.

The Review:

This was another book, in which I was intrigued by the premise. A world without death is a fantastic premise, and how there still needs to be death in order for the population control.

First off, I love the characters. The book is told through two POVs which are Citra and Rowan. I love how both characters progressed throughout the book. Both were sort of unsure about whether or not to become a scythe, but they start to learn a little bit more about the scythe history and why they need to do what they do. Their mentor Faraday is a great mentor figure who deeply cares about them.

Another great character is Scythe Curie, who was deemed the Goddess of Death. You see a lot of her views on death and being a scythe, she also lived through the “Age of Morality”. Scythe Goddard was a fantastic villain. He was a scythe who got a pleasure out of “gleaning” and would do so without hesitation or worry. I felt that both characters should light side and dark side of being  a scythe.

The world-building was extremely well done. It had a good amount of info dump, but the book wasn’t too bogged down by it. It gave us a world without hunger, disease or war. The world before was called “The Age of Morality”. It seems like a world worse than the one the book is set in. But I do love how Citra and Rowan question the world by asking ‘What murder is?” or “What is a cold?” It kinda shows how far the world has came.

It also does a good job at showing the politics of the world of the scythe, and how one becomes a scythe. The book is mostly dealing with Citra and Rowan’s training to become a scythe and going through several trials in order to do so. The trials are there to set up their morals and how they would become a scythe. I also liked seeing the different types of “gleanings” they would have to do.

There is also a religious group called the Tonists who don’t believe in scythe, they were briefly mentioned and seen, but I would love to see more about them. I also felt the ending  was a bit rushed and I would have liked to see the ending more developed. But it does make me excited to see where the story goes.

In the end, I enjoyed Scythe and I thought it was definitely worth the hype. I loved the ideas that the book brought up, especially about death. The characters were well developed and added a lot to the story. I want to see where this story goes.

Grade: 4.7/5