Review | Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman

“To deny humanity the lesson of consequences would be a mistake.
And I do not make mistakes.”
5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: black robes, explosives, old maps, unsavories, floods, decapitated bodies, system failures, diamonds, tonists, blind spots, revivals and of course, the Thunderhead.

OMG this was so good! This is definitely one of the best series I’ve ever read.

Maybe it’s just my opinion but I feel like in most cases sequels don’t have the same quality as the first books. I get that there is a lot of pressure for authors to maintain the quality for the rest of the series and keep the readers interested, especially if the first book was a hit. And unfortunately sometimes sequels are not as good as the first book, but I have to say that this was not a case like that. This book was just as good as the first one!

In this book, we still follow Rowan and Citra and now they face all the consequences of how the first book ended. Rowan becomes Scythe Lucifer, condemning scythes that take pleasure in gleaning and/or abuse their power as scythes. While this happens, Citra defends a different way of gleaning in which she gives people some time to say goodbye to their loved ones. Because of this she became the talk of the scythedom and a lot of scythes don’t agree with her way of gleaning, so now she and Scythe Curie are no longer safe. Not only that happens, but a new storyline is presented with a new character named Grayson. The Thunderhead is very present in this book and we get a better insight of what is like to be the amazing Thunderhead. Of course a lot of things happen after, and the story develops beautifully and with a great pace. There are also a lot of plot twists and crazy stuff happening so I was never bored.

One thing I found very interesting was how in this book we didn’t get the scythes’ journal entries between chapters like we did in the first book, but now we got “thoughts” and the perspective from the Thunderhead about humans, life and scythes. That was a really interesting shift!

Now… I didn’t know if I should talk about this because it’s really not relevant, but I just want to because it actually made me laugh out loud. I can’t even tell you how hard I laughed when I read that there was a junior scythe named Scythe Beyoncé. I could only imagine Tiffany Pollard (a.k.a. New York) saying ‘Scythe Beyoncé? Scythe Beyoncé? SCYTHE BEYONCÉ? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F****** MIND?!’

I don’t know why I laughed so hard at that because I know it’s not even funny. It just caught me by surprise I guess ahah!

And that ending… oh my God, I don’t have words for that ending. It broke my heart but it was a great transition for the next book, which I’m currently reading. It’s a big cliffhanger – but a very good one. I’m just grateful I started the series after all of the books were released because I don’t know what I would do if I needed to wait for the release of the last book!

I don’t even know what else to say other than this series is amazing. If you didn’t pick it up already, I’m telling you: you’re missing out on some good stuff! I’m really enjoying this series, I recommend this to everyone.

xoxo, Neide

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