Hello friends! Today’s post is my review of Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. Thunderhead is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy.
There are minor spoilers in this review.
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?
What I disliked most about Thunderhead was that there were so many points of view. Almost every 3rd chapter introduced a new character into the story and frankly… That makes me feel like the story was getting to out of control and overwhelming.
I have a hard time liking new characters being introduced into stories. Some do it well and fantastically. Unfortunately I did not like how the new characters played into the story, and that in the end made me stop reading Thunderhead.
I liked it best when the points of view we read from were Citra and Rowan. When they were our main focus in the story.
I managed to read enough of the Thunderhead to find out that Thunderhead is self-aware and is helping Rowan aka Scythe Lucifer accomplish things that Thunderhead cannot.
I marked Thunderhead as Did Not Finish because I wanted to see how the story would turn out but getting to the end of Thunderhead would take too long since I truly disliked the various points of view in the story.
I give Thunderhead, 1 star, from what I read.
Have you read the Arc of a Scythe books?
If you have, what did you think of them?
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