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

Ok maybe its the influence of having appeared for a literature exam . Maybe its the after effect of writing lot of analysis of literature in lieu of their social backgrounds. Something must have caught my brain to make me feel that Thunderhead can be seen as a satire. Weird huh !!

Thunderhead By Neal ShustermanThunderhead Synopsis

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?

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I don’t know why but the more I am getting invested in the story , the more I feel that the author is creating a pretty interesting satire in form of reapers or as they call in the book, “scythe” .Think about it !! A world where the only thing that is left for humans to do is killing others. Something our race is getting infamous for . Now tell me if that isn’t a material for satire then what is.

If you dig deeper I think the book has a lot of layers to it but in case, you are not keen on digging deeper then let me cut the erudition level and simply put the series as amazing

Thunderhead has much more to offer than the first book. Lots of alleys and characters to cover and in fact it almost touches on the level of a full fledged intricate mature read. Wohhhh !! wondering as to was that a good thing or a  bad thing ?? Definitely a good thing. well for me it was. I get that while Scythe touched upon the plot, Thunderhead is where the actual story lies. There is so much happening in the second book that it practically drags you more and more with the politics and the events that is happening in the scythedom.


Thunderhead is simply layer after layer of thrilling scope of incidents that keeps the book exciting and fast growing on its readers. In my opinion this is a series that has all the charms to entrap its audience. Its a good series to invest as both the language and the narration technique keeps it engaging and interesting. If second book is anything to go by, then i can’t wait for the third book in the series.

Don’t forget to catch the review of the First book with us Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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