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Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times best seller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe — it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the "new order". But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene?

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

©2018 Neal Shusterman (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Superb!

I loved both books in this series and am sooo sad I have wait until next year for the next one. The story is well crafted with great characters, interesting twists, good pace and definitely leaves one grasping for more

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A must listen

Perfectly builds on the world and characters set up in the first book. The pacing is excellent. It feels cinematic and stays with you long after you finish reading. It has the ability to shock even the most seasoned of YA book readers.

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A mazing

Book 1 - Brilliant Book 2 : Extremely Brilliant Book 3 : Absolutely Brilliant Phew, what a tale from beginning to infinity... full of intrigue, deception, heroic and dastardly deeds; but above all of that the books are filled with Love. Greg Tremblay's narration is first class. He is a master at this.

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Love this series

This is a brilliant series. Highly recommended. Can’t wait for the third book. Love the names.

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Tough to get through but worth it

60-70% of this book will bore the hell out of you but the ending is really good and now has me super curious what the next one is all about.
Despite this book being a boring experience to get through, I feel without it the whole set up of the ending and next book would be not as good without it. It’s was just a slog to get through.

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HOLY ****

absolutely amazing 👏 I loved this so much and so much more than the first. AMAZING!!!!

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Hooked

Loved this audiobook despite the American narrator. Gripping story and can't wait to start the third installment.

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enjoyable read

Not as strong as the other books, but very enjoyable, especially after reading the third

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Shusterman is a marvel!

I love this series so much! So thankful that I found it and this second book did not disappoint. Loved the new characters as well as the old.

Brilliant twists and turns just like in Scythe that leave you reeling with your mouth open in shock.

Could not recommend more!

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Excellent second book in a trilogy.

All I really need to say is it lives up to the incredible first book, takes the story in interesting directions and sets up a fascinating final book in the trilogy

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  • Nathan
  • 15-01-18

What a roller coaster!!!

Like any book, there are good and bad moments. Times when it’s impossible to put this book down, and times when you’re anticipating the next whirlwind. I have read hundreds or fantasy books and this one has such a great ending, my jaw dropped. Well done Mr. Shusterman.

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  • Dubi
  • 08-03-20

Bridge of Scythes

The middle chapter of a trilogy is always tricky. The gold standard has always been The Empire Strikes Back (and I could likewise make a case for The Two Towers) as a bridge between the world building of volume one and the resolutions of volume three that turns out to be a joy in its own right despite the lack of closure. Thunderhead is exactly that in Neal Shusterman's fantastic Scythe series.

Having completed their training as Scythes, Citra and Rowan embark on radically different paths. Scythe Farraday goes off to search for the mythical Land of Nod (don't ask, just go with it). A new character, Greyson Tolliver, is a muggle with a special connection to the Thunderhead, which becomes a major character in itself, speaking directly to us between chapters. And in a world where there is dead and dead-ish, you just never know who is going to come back from the dead (OK, if you read Scythe, you already knew in your gut who would come back from the dead).

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best science fiction and fantasy says more about contemporary issues than about a speculative future or an imagined past, and Thunderhead does exactly that when, about halfway through, it turns its attention to Scythe politics. And then the ending is simply a knock-out punch that hopefully sets us up for a grand conclusion in The Toll. One can only hope that Shusterman is not prophetic with the way he ends Thunderhead -- we'll see how that goes in The Toll (which may seem easy to guess but is probably not going to unfold the way you think).

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 04-09-18

Just Shut Up

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL MY STARS.

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  • Fleurdelys
  • 16-01-18

I love everything

This is one of the most enjoyable pieces of fiction I have ever encountered in my entire life. The plot keeps surprising me, going to places I would have never dreamed of. I’m am internally screaming about the last few chapters, and I’m already longing for the rest of the story!

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  • Jay K.
  • 14-01-20

horrible premise

Neal Shusterman did an amazing job of creating a technology religion based on anti-religion. People of faith should avoid this series. I listened to the trilogy in an effort to find some commonality with an adult son, and this book left me feeling hopeless for future generations. Seriously. An A.I. computer god figure that meets all of mankind needs in a benevolent diety way, while unable to intervene in the devious plans of a cult like priesthood with the ability to legally murder.

Run from this book. As far and as fast as you can.

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  • Inkish Kingdoms . com
  • 03-12-18

OMG! Not what I was expecting!

I read the first book, Scythe, as part of a book club at work. We were supposed to read/listen the first 50% of the book by the first meeting, and by that time, half of the participants have read the second book already! I thought they were crazy, but actually, they were so right!

Usually, the second book of a trilogy or a saga is weaker than the first one, and that is because we had so many expectations for that book that we get a bit disappointed that it was not as good as we thought it would be. However, Thunderhead is as good as the first one. If Hephaestus was the blacksmith of the gods, Shusterman is his equivalent in plot twits. I was gagging, shocked, gasping, and struck while listening to this book!

Check my profile for more reviews and information about this or other books!

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  • victor moody
  • 05-04-19

a story to make you ponder

amazingly deep. I love stories that make you think about what it truly means to be human or to express your humanity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-19

Captivating

If I thought the first book was amazing, boy did this take me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Did not know this book could be much more incredible than the last. The voice was wonderful. Loved how he kept changing his voice for different characters. Made the experience much more exciting. I can hear Citra Teranova's voice in my head as well as Rowan Damisch so clearly even after finishing the story.

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  • Brandon kische
  • 25-03-19

inorganic coincidences

the story is beautifully read but the coincidences which come about feel forced and necessary only to achieve an end.

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  • bio_student
  • 20-02-19

Good overall, sometimes slow

Interesting. However, some character and plot development was slow moving. Looking forward to the next book.

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