Arc of a Scythe just became my favourite series of all time with this incredible sequel to Scythe.
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?
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Book #2 in the Arc of a Scythe series, following Scythe (2016) and preceding The Toll (2019)
My Rating: 5/5
All I can say is wow.
There has not been a series in a LONG time, if ever, that has truly pulled me into a story as strongly as Scythe and Thunderhead. I’m not the kind of person that can sit down for long periods of time and read, but i FLEW through all 500+ pages of this book, and all I could think about when I wasn’t reading, was how badly I wish I were. I can’t think of any other book/series that has made me feel this way.
“To deny humanity the lesson of consequences would be a mistake. And I do not make mistakes.”
– The Thunderhead
The characters are all incredibly well written, and the character additions in this sequel were fantastic. They all fit into the plot perfectly, and were a ton of fun to read. There was also never any issues of underdeveloped characters leading to confusion about who is who. Each character had a clear personality and I never once felt like I wish there was more information about a certain character.
I really do not have a single negative thing to say about this book. The plot was engaging, the characters were dynamic, and the twists were shocking. The ending had me furiously reading through the last 100 pages to see what was going to happen, and now I am (im)patiently waiting for book 3 to see what the outcome of the end will be.
There really is no better feeling than finding a new series to love, and this one easily became my all time favourite. I don’t think I will stop yelling about these books for a LONG time, especially leading up to the release of The Toll.
Take it from me, a painfully slow reader (who usually takes 2 weeks to finish a 300 page book), who finished this 500+ page book in 3 sittings over 2 days, this book deserves your time. You’ll only wish it didn’t end as quickly as it did and you could give it more time.
“While freedom gives rise to growth and enlightenment, permission allows evil to flourish in a light of day that would otherwise destroy it.”
– The Thunderhead
Neal Shusterman has proved his genius in YA writing. From the general concept of this series, right down to the minute details of each individual book, the story remains complex and interesting. I never want this series to end, but I just know that the ending will be explosive, shocking and one that I will be raving about for ages.
Thank you so much for reading, and please do yourself a favour and pick up this series if you haven’t yet.