Thunderhead

Thunderhead

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.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 of...

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Title:Thunderhead
Author:Neal Shusterman
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Edition Language:English

Thunderhead Reviews

  • Helen 2.0

    Without context, the word

    could mean a variety of things; for instance, it sounds like it it might be:

    -the newest Scandinavian metal band

    -a kind of migraine

    -something you may overhear a group of college boys bragging about on the subway

    -a pagan shrine to Thor

    But stupid jokes aside, in Neal Shusterman's world

    is the ultimate cloud collection of human knowledge, given consciousness and the task of governing Earth. It is a benevolent ruler, having eradicated death, disease,

    Without context, the word

    could mean a variety of things; for instance, it sounds like it it might be:

    -the newest Scandinavian metal band

    -a kind of migraine

    -something you may overhear a group of college boys bragging about on the subway

    -a pagan shrine to Thor

    But stupid jokes aside, in Neal Shusterman's world

    is the ultimate cloud collection of human knowledge, given consciousness and the task of governing Earth. It is a benevolent ruler, having eradicated death, disease, crime, unhappiness and other generally unpleasant affairs.

    The only thing beyond the Thunderhead's control is the scythedom, a body of around 12,000 individuals worldwide who murder by profession. This is the immortal world's solution to overpopulation.

    Thunderhead is a lot like Scythe, with a little more variety thrown in. Instead of following Citra and Rowan exclusively, there are now several new characters and viewpoints from which to experience the story.

    Most notably we're introduced to Greyson Tolliver, a regular young man who risks his future out of loyalty to the Thunderhead, the only parent he's ever known. Greyson gives a little fresh air to the story and stepped in when Citra and Rowan's plotlines became stale.

    Overall, the Arc of a Scythe series is no longer just a story about scythes, and the evolution is a definite improvement. I'm 100% psyched for the release of book 3 (whenever that may be).

  • Erin

    Yes! Finally a 5 Star read!

    Well that ended with a real bang!

    I loved Scythe but I love Thunderhead even more. I gave Scythe 4 Stars last year but I thought it lacked something in the world building column. I did not have that problem with Thunderhead, not only did I feel completely enmeshed in this world but I felt like the background of this world was fleshed out.

    I usually find it annoying when new characters are introduced in sequels but I love Greyson Tolliver and at times enjoyed his chapte

    Yes! Finally a 5 Star read!

    Well that ended with a real bang!

    I loved Scythe but I love Thunderhead even more. I gave Scythe 4 Stars last year but I thought it lacked something in the world building column. I did not have that problem with Thunderhead, not only did I feel completely enmeshed in this world but I felt like the background of this world was fleshed out.

    I usually find it annoying when new characters are introduced in sequels but I love Greyson Tolliver and at times enjoyed his chapters more then Rowan and Citra chapters.

    I don't know how I'll be able to stand the LONG wait for book 3. Recommended for everyone who loves evenly plotted storylines and great world building.

    2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge: A Book Published in 2018 & Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge: The Next Book in a Series You Started.

  • Connor

    Definitely going to film a review for this one, so I'll link it when it's posted. Wow I loved this!

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    Holy freaking crap this was amazing. So many twists and turns and so thought provoking! So amazingly good!

  • Robin (Bridge Four)

    Again I will say it, Neal Shusterman (NS) is the Sci-Fi King of What If….

    He takes a thought like hey we have a cloud now and we are putting more and more stuff in it what if years and years down the road we have an AI version that is a mash up of The Cloud/Google/Facebook/Amazon and it had a social conscience and was put in charge of EVERYTHING. How would the world change?

    Again I will say it, Neal Shusterman (NS) is the Sci-Fi King of What If….

    He takes a thought like hey we have a cloud now and we are putting more and more stuff in it what if years and years down the road we have an AI version that is a mash up of The Cloud/Google/Facebook/Amazon and it had a social conscience and was put in charge of EVERYTHING. How would the world change?

    While Scythe focused on the training of two Scythes and so the beginning and end of chapter excerpts where from Scythes Journals in Thunderhead they are all the Thunderheads thoughts. It is really a great way to give the reader some outside information from the character PoVs and infodump without it ever seeming like an infodump. I loved learning more about the Thunderhead and realizing that maybe it is not as ambivalent as once thought since it seems to have some favorite humans out there.

    Rowan and Citra are both trying to change the Scythedom after the events at the end of Scythe. Citra is working from inside the system trying to make killing the populace a thought about affair with great respect. Rowan has to work from outside the system since he is being hunted, but he is also the hunter and is killing Scythes who are using their position for power, genocide or something else unsavory. They are so perfect for each other but at the same time they are torn apart by circumstance.

    I wish they got more page time together in this book but due to the roles they are playing there wasn’t a lot.

    New to the story is Greyson. He is a kid with absentee parents that was raised by the Thunderhead. All emotions that he should feel towards his family he feels for the Thunderhead, it was the one constant in his life that was always there for him and he would do anything to help the Thunderhead or be closer to it. This includes an undercover mission that the Thunderhead will not be able to give him any direct direction on. I liked the addition of Greyson to the cast. Through him we were able to see how some of the people who like to rebel against society lived.

    This was a great bridge book to the Trilogy. Now you’re probably saying,

    Yeah me too, but then I got to the end and thought

    Well guess what there will be answers to all of those questions and more in Arc of the Scythe #3 that I had no idea there would even be but color me happy cuz more books in this world.

    This is Neal Shusterman so expect some moments that just rip your heart out. If you read Unwind you know the kind of shocking moments I’m talking about. There are some really good twists and the world building was excellent opening up more information about the Scythes and the politics within the Scythedom. The Thunderhead is a fantastic character as well. It has evolved from what it was originally supposed to be and I loved getting a sense of the internal struggle it was having since clearly it is more attached to a few in the general populace and being unable to intervene to help them is having more of an affect on it than it should.

    Scythe was in my top 10 reads of 2017 and this was a great follow-up to that. While I was slightly disappointed that this was not the end of the story since I was planning on a dualogy and knowing all of the things after this book I’m also really excited that there will be a final book in this series. I can’t wait to see what else will happen to all of our heroes and it will be interesting to see what kind a punishment the bad guy/guys will finally get for all of his/their crimes which are many.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    Well, this one didn't make my 5 star but I will re-read it on audio later and see if it was just my mood because the first book was totally awesome!

    Rowan is doing his own thing and I just love him! Love him! There wasn't enough of him in the book though.

    Scythe Anatasia (Citra) has her own way of gleaning people, which has the scythedom in a uproar. Actually, Rowan and Citra have them in an uproar.

    We have the Thunderhead giving us tidbits here and there and he's using someone to try to sort things out.

    I enjoyed Greyson in the book. He had all kinds of stuff going on with him and that ending with him! What!?

    Actually, that ending, PERIOD! There was some sadness there =( I can't even begin to imagine what will happen in the next book! And I do hope it moves back up to my 5 star review position in the next book!

    Overall, I enjoyed it, but I just wish there were a bit more to it. It was a little slow in some areas for me.

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

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  • rachel • typed truths

    This cover is everything.

  • Ishmeen

    GIVE ME THIS BOOK NOW OMG THAT COVER 👏🏻🔥

  • maybelline™

    LOOK AT THAT COVER OH MY GOD IM SCREAMING

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