By: Neal Shusterman
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Page Count: 504
Synopsis: 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?
This review will be spoiler free
It had been ages since I read the first book in this series (Scythe) and I was not sure that I would still be able to get into the story, or even be able to follow it that much. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this book is to get sucked into. The world is as intriguing as ever, and the introduction of some new characters in this book is a welcome update. Rowan and Citra are dynamic characters but I do wish we had gotten more of them together in this book. They are strong on their own, but their chemistry makes for a really interesting story and I was a little disappointed that they did spend a lot f time together in this book.
I think this book was defnitley slower plot wise than the first one, it took the more scenic route if you will. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, there was still plenty of plot development and quite a cliff hanger of an ending, but it did mean that the beginning of the book was not very exciting. Also you never quite feel like you know the whole story in this book, things can be pretty vague, which I know is probably intentional but it can also get frustrating if you’re just waiting for something to be explained.
Overall I loved this book, and I am excited to get the final book in the trilogy and hopefully have all my questions answered! Because these books are dystopia they are perfect for people who aren’t big on fantasy, but want something that is a little different than the ordinary. They are an easy read but are also really interesting and full of twists, so I would highly recommend them!
Have you read Thunderhead? what were your thoughts? le the know down in the comments!