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?
You'd think that by now I'd be getting pretty used to writing five-star, gushing reviews for Neal Shusterman's books, but I'm definitely not. Full Tilt is in my top three books ever. The Unwind Dystology is genius. Scythe blew me away last year. Not to mention ALL of his other amazing books. And somehow, somehow Thunderhead managed to top them all.
...except for Full Tilt because I'm sentimental like that...
This book was incredible. The characters introduced in Scythe were all back with a vengeance, only this time they were more fleshed out, more intricate and heartfelt. Citra- ahem, I mean Scythe Anastasia- is probably my favorite. I absolutely loved her story in Thunderhead. But then there's Rowan too, who is so complex and wonderful and I just want to protect him forever. Or have Citra protect him, either way. A few other characters got side stories this time, which really reminded me of why I loved the Unwind books so much. Those smaller stories never felt boring or out of place, and they way Shusterman brought everything together at the end was absolutely brilliant.
Speaking of the end. Oh. My. Goodness.
I think that was the best cliffhanger I've ever read. Don't get me wrong, it's awful, horrible, excruciating and I have no idea how I'll make it waiting for book three, but WOW. As I said before, everything just tied together so well at the end. I didn't see any of it coming- yay for surprises!- and was literally rocking in my seat as I read the last few pages. Then I had one of those moments where I read the last page, dropped the book, and had a bit of a crisis because I've never read something so beautifully cruel before.
Neal Shusterman is one of the best authors out there. I recommend every single one of his books. But if you're looking for one to start with, I'd definitely say Scythe, quickly followed by THUNDERHEAD. Then you can join me sobbing in the corner waiting for book three.