Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Title: Thunderhead
Series: Scythe #2
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books 
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre:Sciecne Fiction/Dystopia

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 remember the day that I picked up Scythe. I was walking in Barnes and Noble, messaging a friend about what books I should read. That was my first mistake because he came up with lists and lists of books I should read. I quickly glanced at it and the first book that caught my attention was Neal Shusterman's Scythe. I picked it up, drove home, opened to the first page and by the third chapter I was already making a pot of coffee because I knew this was going to be a long night. 

When the second book came out, I knew this was a book that I needed. I remember requesting it at my library and when the notification came saying that my hold was ready for pick up, I was beyond excited. However, I am not going to lie when I say that I was also a little nervous. 

I can't be the only person to think or even have some experience with second book syndrome. That feeling where you are left a little disappointed and quite truthfully a little let down with the second book in a trilogy or even a series. However, let me reassure you, this is not the case with this book. There is just one word that can fully stratify your curiosity while also enticing you to want to jump in and read. WOW! 

Continuing the journey with Citra, a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, and Rowan, a rogue scythe who is taking the Scythedom by fire...literally. Schusterman packs this novel with adventure, corruption, and a whole lot of emotions that will leave you sitting, pondering on what you just read. 

The one thing that did take me by surprise was when Scythe...just kidding I am not just about to reveal one of the biggest twists in the entire story. You will need to go and read it. 

I have to say that I am not normally happy with book endings that leave you wanting more, especially when you have to wait approximately a year for the next book but let me tell you, this ending will leave you absolutely mad (in a good way) that you have to wait a whole year for the next book. 

Neal Schusterman pulled me into this science fiction dystopia world with Scythe and left me wanting more. Thunderhead gave me that "more" I needed and now I am counting down the days till the next book releases. If you are looking for the perfect read to jumpstart your upcoming weekend, this is the book for you. Utterly fantastic!

I give this book 5 souls! 

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