Book Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 

Published in 2018 by Simon and Schuster

504 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis: 

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 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?

My Review:

After reading and loving Scythe and becoming utterly intrigued by this complex and intense world, and loving Citra, Rowan, Faraday and Curie, I had such high hopes for this book, I honestly didn’t know what to expect! But just like with Scythe, once I started Thunderhead I couldn’t put it down! 

The pacing was utterly insane, so much waa going down from the start, these characters that were still so familiar to us, felt the same, for those that have read Scythe, you’ll know what I mean when I say I knew I would see Citra as Citra, honestly, even as her *spoiler ahead* Scythe self she is amazing! I love her method of gleaming, how she gives compassion to her targets, and yet how she constantly shakes up the Scythedom! But I think, what I loved most in this book was Citra’s bond with  Scythe Curie, honestly from book one when she was assigned to her after *spoiler ahead* a certain supposed self gleaming of her previous mentor, Citra was reluctant to open up to Marie, but ach their bond is beautiful, and it is both sided – Marie admires Citra as much as Citra admires her mentor! I love their scenes and how supportive they are of one another, and might I add I am appreciative of Scythe Curie’s like of salmon, but most, I love how human both characters are and how they both want to honour the Scythedom. It’s definitely sufficed to say that there were so many scenes throughout that had me shocked and at the same time, and several times when I had to re read what was happening for it to sink in! 

This book definitley set the foundations for a much needed and epic book 3, I mean after that ending I was shook! There was so much impact in that last quarter, I did not see any of it coming! It was freaking amazing and truth be told I am still reeling! The whole book was utterly insane, I was literally on tenderhooks throughout! And I love how the chapters were split with extracts of thoughts from The Thunderhead, like, from Scythe, I learnt a bit about the Thunderhead, and how important and crucial it is, and how  it connected with a specific character  – but I definitley found myself wanting to know more, and what with our title significance here, those thoughts from the the Thunderhead definitley gave me chills! 

I was honestly so amazed with Rowan’s storyline throughout the book, like, at the start he was scaring me in a good way, I think, yes, definitely in a good way, it’s like oh my goodness this is insane! His mindset was so ruthless but I loved it! And my heart felt so sad for him throughout, as he learns things which frankly no one should have to discover – especially where Tyger was concerned, honestly oh my goodness the twist with his character, my heart! 

Throughout this book, there were 3 characters I loved to hate, for various reasons, but namely with one, they were such a horrid bastard! I did not envision what would have happened with this character, but oh it did make my blood boil! And more so I am freaking nervous to see how much the penultimate events of this book impact book 3! Quite a bit, I’d say! 

Overall, Thunderhead definitley joins my favourite books, and I admire how these books envoke so many feelings, and cannot be put down, yet I still have so many questions?! 

If you’ve not read Scythe or Thunderhead, definitley pick them up, there’s something in them for everyone!

Happy Reading,



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