Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book and Audio Review

Hello fellow book nerds!

Monday I brought to you my feels on Scythe. As soon as I finished it I immediately picked up Thunderhead. This series is so amazing and I am honestly loving it so far.

Thunderhead far surpassed Scythe and W.T.F. was that ending?!

If you haven’t pick up this series yet, I really hope you do also.

NOTE: If you have not read Scythe, there will be spoilers. The review for Thunderhead is spoiler free, as always.

You can read my review of Scythe here: Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book and Audio Review

Happy Reading!


Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

5 out of 5 stars


Taken from Goodreads

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?


Wow. Just wow. I thought Scythe was amazing but this book just blew me away. Once I started, I could not put it down. It starts off with Rowan who now calls himself Scythe Lucifer and I absolutely love it. While he is taking down Scythes that are corrupted or not honorable, Citra is with Scythe Curie trying to help the Scythedom from the inside. Both are trying to help create a better system in their own ways. But when Scythe Xenocrates is promoted -the position of High Blade becomes available. And what a freaking ride this is. So many surprises that I did not see coming and had me screaming. There were so many twists that I didn’t see coming and new characters that were introduced later. And then the ending. That. Ending. I am still having trouble processing it because it was just so…. I honestly don’t even know how to explain it. It really makes me glad that I don’t have to wait forever for the third book and I’m sorry for everyone that had to.

I just love these characters so much. Citra is trying to become her own Scythe and really claim herself to be Scythe Anastasia. I love the name she took and what it stands for. Her character has grown so much and it is honestly amazing to see. Rowan’s story took a wild turn but I really enjoyed it. No matter what happens to him, he remains true to his convictions and what he really believes. He might do it in a different way, but regardless Rowan is determined and wants to make the Scythedom better. Greyson is introduced in this book and talk about a journey! His story is crazy but he has really grown on me. I definitely see why he is going to be important and that twist at the end. So smart. This book really dives into the Thunderhead as well. I’m glad that it does this because so much is learned about what the Thunderhead really is and what it does. How there is always a plan but it feels like it’s more than artificial intelligence while never forgetting that it is. Neal did such an amazing job writing these characters and really making me feel attached to each and every one… and creating the most hated villain I think I have read in a long time.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman was a fantastic sequel to Scythe. I was blown away by how much better this book was than the first. The pacing and the plot twists kept me turning the pages without ever wanting to stop. I absolutely loved and hated every minute of it. The ending was so unreal and it is definitely an experience that you’ll want for yourself. Each character plays such an important role in this story and I’ve grown attached to each one. To read about how they come into their own personalities and paths is really amazing. Neal does such a good job portraying these characters and I can’t wait to finish out their stories. I still highly recommend this book, especially if you liked the first one. This book offers so much more.

Audio Review

NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book

I’m so glad I continued this story with audio. I, again, physically read along while listening to Greg narrate. He does such a good job bringing this story to life and it is so easy to follow as well. I would absolutely recommend this series on audio and will definitely be continuing it as well.

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