Book Review: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday!

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this weekend. Oh wait, yes I can! This week was a bit hectic, and my short fuse is burning right to the end of the wick if I’m being honest. Some time away from work is much needed!

Early this morning I finished reading another book! This time I read Thunderhead, the second in the Scythe series by Neal Shusterman.

After reading Scythe, Gigi and I couldn’t wait to get our mitts on this! This is another buddy read, but this post will be my opinion alone. Look out for our buddy read and rant sometime in the near future!

So what did I think about this continuation of the dystopian saga? Keep on reading!


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?


The Review:

I gave this novel four stars!

This book was a fun continuation of the series, though in my opinion it wasn’t quite as great as the first one was.

Continuing from where we left off, our characters continue their journeys. Rowan has become a vigilante of sorts, seeking out Scythes who abuse their power, while Citra tries to uphold morality in her scythely ways. But a threat looms, ready to test not just Citra and Rowan, but the entire scythehood. Can they figure out who is behind the sinister events that unfold, or are these the last days of the scythedom?

There were plenty of great things about this novel, albeit with their own drawbacks.

Overall, the character were pretty decent. Citra hands down took the spotlight and shined. She stayed true to herself and strived to uphold her ideals. With the events that occur in this book, I think she does a pretty good job at damage control, even though she does show her young age here and there. No one’s perfect, and her narrative showcased that.

Rowan’s POV was fun. I especially enjoyed following his vigilante adventures in the beginning. However, things change at a certain point and I didn’t have the best time. It was still mildly entertaining but I wasn’t wowed by the direction it went in.

We also have a new MC named Greyson, but overall I felt his narrative was a bit vanilla. He’s an average Joe kind of character that’s been coddled by the Thunderhead, but I never really liked him all that much. Yeah, he goes through plenty of things, but he just came across to me as a poser. His role in this book is important, yes, but I just didn’t get a real feel for him. He didn’t stand out.

The plot was overall entertaining. It took a while for things to pick up (with the exception of Rowan), but once they did I really enjoyed it. We got some added immersion into this universe, and I liked all the added history and information on the scythes we were given. That being said, I wasn’t the happiest about the events near the end. I’m not 100% convinced of what happened was all that realistic given the dystopian world they live in, but it was still a bunch of fun, and I’m curious to see where things go after the climax. I have a bad feeling!

Overall, this was a solid adventure and continuation of the series. It wasn’t perfect, but it delivered an exciting journey filled with heartache, action, and ever-increasing stakes. Can’t wait to read the next one!


That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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