Author: Neal Shusterman
Series: Book 2 in the Arc of a Scythe Trilogy
Quote: “Humans learn from their mistakes. I cannot. I make no mistakes.”
The Scythedom is on edge with an alleged criminal on the loose, and a fight for power could leave the world in chaos. Thunderhead is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series, so there is not much I can say without spoiling the first book…
I can tell you that I loved this book. My thoughts after reading it were, “Yessss. That was so insane. The things that happened in this book were just crazy!” The writing was amazing, the storytelling was fresh and creative, and I loved going on this journey with our characters.
That’s about it for non-spoilery things. Read the book and come back, or continue reading at your own discretion. There will be spoilers ahead for both Scythe and Thunderhead! ❤️
Ok, so here we go…
A lot of stuff happens in this book!
First, we meet Greyson Tolliver who is absolutely amazing. He is smart and brave, and I liked him instantly since he saved Citra and Marie’s lives. I felt so bad for him when he went undercover and lost his true history. Slade Bridger was interesting to read about, but I couldn’t imagine feeling lost in your own life like he did. I love that his unsavory mark was removed at the end of the book- right when the rest of humanity became unsavory. I can’t wait to see what role he plays in the next book!
We also see a lot more of the Thunderhead. It is such a fascinating system, and I truly do believe that it will fight for whatever is best for humanity. I loved when Faraday discovered the blind spot, and the Thunderhead felt betrayed by humanity but not angry past that- which in turn concerned it😂. I also really hope that the Thunderhead starts breaking its own rules to help fix the Scythedom!
Citra is still a phenomenal genius! I loved seeing her become a scythe and make her own choice to give people time before gleaning and letting them decide how they want to be gleaned. It’s such a fascinating idea, and I’m so proud of her for standing up to the rest of the Scythedom.
Rowan gets into a lot of problems in this book. I felt so bad for him when he got captured! Rand was alive and controlling like everything from lawless Texas, so that was super annoying! And I’m so upset that she was just using Tyger for his body! I knew there was another plot afoot, but I did not see them cutting off Tyger’s head and replacing it with Goddard’s head. Ughh I thought his death was too good to be true, but he’s worse than he was before! Goddard is even more insane and unstable, and I’m actually scared for what he has planned. I’m hoping that in the end Rand shows more compassion and kills Goddard herself. Although really I’ll be okay with anyone killing him as long as he dies. (Wow that was a really brutal sounding statement, but I totally stand by it!😬).
That stupid conclave fell apart, and I’m so mad that Goddard took that moment to come back from the dead- although he was clearly counting on that. I was excited to have Scythe Curie as High Blade, but of course that was taken from us😥. Citra’s plot to make Goddard lose was genius, and she totally won her point- but then he cheated and came out the winner as he does. He’s literally the most annoying person ever.
That ending was beautiful. I was terrified to know what Goddard had been up to, and I knew that all the little things falling apart had to be leading to something larger, but sinking the entire island. Gosh dude! How rude! When the island started sinking, I knew the grandslayers were going to die, but I hoped the rest of the island would stabilize. It didn’t. Basically everyone died. Curie was amazing, and she encouraged the other scythes to mercifully end the people’s lives so they wouldn’t have to endure drowning or being eaten alive by sea creatures. I was actually crying when people started asking to be gleaned, and I am so sad that Scythe Curie self gleaned. I don’t want to believe that she’s gone, but it was an amazing end for her.
I also started crying when Scythe Curie brought Rowan and Citra into the steel tomb (well that’s basically what it is now) and locked them inside. It’s crazy that being entombed to be revived later was the end for Citra and Rowan because that is how the show they watched, Aida, ends- with entombed lovers. So powerful.
Some quick, last minute favorite parts:
- When the Thunderhead screamed and everything started blaring- the Great Resonance 😂
- Faraday and Munira’s research to find the failsafe which I’m hoping will bring everything back into balance!
- Seeing the world from an unsavory’s point of view
- Citra gleaning the man during his production of Julius Caesar
What were your thoughts about this book? Did you like it more or less than the first book? Let me know!
Happy reading and stay safe! ☺️