Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

May 14, 2018 | Book Reviews, Books

In case you don’t already know, Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors ever. I’ve read most of his books and he’s definitely one of the highest on my list of auto-buy authors. So when I finished Scythe last year, I couldn’t WAIT to read the sequel, Thunderhead!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The dark and thrilling sequel to Scythe, the New York Times sci-fi bestseller.

The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It’s a perfect system – until it isn’t.

It’s been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra’s life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot.

The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman:
My Thoughts

The paperback didn’t come out in the UK until this month, but I got the audiobook in January when it came out in the US because I just couldn’t wait. I listened to Scythe as an audiobook too, and I’m glad I did the same with Thunderhead. I loved the familiarity of the narrator’s voice – like Scythe, he narrated the story SO well and it added so much to it!

The story leaps straight into the action. There’s so much to learn about and catch up with since the end of the last book. I especially loved learning more about Citra as Scythe Anastasia, and her adventures with her mentor, Scythe Curie. It was great too to read about Rowan roaming the world hidden as Scythe Lucifer.

I really loved getting to know the world from the Thunderhead’s perspective. If you’re not aware, or you need a reminder, the Thunderhead is like a more evolved version of today’s internet. You can ask the Thunderhead for any answer, and it’ll give it to you. You can also use the Thunderhead’s ‘back brain’ to access CCTV records and more.

Recommended: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

We got glimpses of the Thunderhead in Scythe, but we really learned so much more about it in this book. It’s funny because the Thunderhead is essentially just a super smart computer, but Shusterman did a great job at making it seem so human. It really made me reflect on how far technology could go in the future, and how the line between human intelligence and artificial intelligence will blur…

In true Neal Shusterman fashion, Thunderhead is jam-packed full of twists and turns and shocking revelations. I listened to the last couple of hours of the audiobook while working at home, and for the last 30 minutes, I had to stop working and just sit and listen.

Recommended: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

It was so intense – I was so engrossed that I didn’t want to miss a single second. Shusterman is like a god of suspense and I can’t believe he’s left us on such a MASSIVE cliffhanger! Warning: if you think the cliffhanger of Scythe was bad, wait until this monster. AAAAH.

If you’ve read Scythe and haven’t read Thunderhead, get it right now. Or if you haven’t read either, READ THEM BOTH. And while you’re at it, read the rest of Neal Shusterman’s books, too. (Can you tell I’m a fan?)

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I’m Charlotte: media graduate, virtual assistant and avid reader. I’m a Hufflepuff, a space fanatic, and I love to write about books. More about me…

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