Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) by Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

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 wan...

Details Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

TitleThunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Reviews Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

  • Emma Giordano
    Edit 4/7 - After raving about this book for a video review (which you can find here:, I decided to raise my rating to 5 stars. Despite that I didn't enjoy Thunderhead EXACTLY as much as Scythe, I feel the book itself is nearly flawless and one of the greatest YA books on the market. This story is too well-written for me to be comfortable giving it any less of a rating.A very satisfying sequel!! I didn’t enjoy Thund...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    "Scythe Johannes Brahms, you are accused of abusing your position and multiple crimes against humanity." "How dare you!" Brahms gasped. "Who are you to accuse me?" He struggled, trying to rally strength, but it was no use. The painkillers that were in his system were filling his responses. His muscles were weak and useless to him now. "I think you know who I am," the young man said. "Let me hear you say it." "I will not!" Brahms said, determined...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    That cliffhanger though...Solid read! I liked it more than the first book. If you like political intrigues, you will love this!
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Second time reading and that ending!!!Still worth every stars. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First read: 26/4/18Hot damn. That ending. Shit absolutely and unequivocally just hit the fan but... no worries. It’s only a year right?The cruelty...I pondered for days over how to rate this (needlessly it seems) because I finally came to my senses. There’s nothing to overthink here because I am so fucking speechless that I don’t know how I could g...
  • Matthew
    5+ Stars – EXCELLENT!First of all – that cover . . . beautiful! It is one of my favorite covers of the past few years. An improvement on the cover of the first book – and that cover was pretty awesome, too. This cover makes you want to read this book even if you have no idea what the book is about. In this case you can judge a book by its cover!A fantastic continuation of the story from book one; I would have to say it is even better than t...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    I am dead! This book killed me!! That ending!! Dead. All I will say is that this is becoming one of my absolute favourite series ever. The wait for the next book is going to be brutal.
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Holy freaking crap this was amazing. So many twists and turns and so thought provoking! So amazingly good!
  • Helen 2.0
    Without context, the word Thunderhead could mean a variety of things; for instance, it sounds like it it might be:-the newest Scandinavian metal band-a kind of migraine-something you may overhear a group of college boys bragging about on the subway-a pagan shrine to Thor But stupid jokes aside, in Neal Shusterman's world Thunderhead is the ultimate cloud collection of human knowledge, given consciousness and the task of governing Earth. It is a b...
  • Warda
    SCHUSTERMAN, I NEED ANSWERS! HOW DARE YOU LEAVE US IN A STATE OF ABSOLUTE DISARRAY?! My mind! What does this all mean? How will everything be resolved in the third book?!I thought I could review this, but I can't really. So just pick up this series, I implore you.—————————Book one obliterated me.This book will probably finish me. —————————Edit: 30 minutes later and now I have the book in my hands. 🤩———...
  • April
    And always with those jaw dropping cliff hangers🙌
  • Ishmeen
    If I use the term shook like I usually do to describe what I’m feeling right now, it would seriously be an understatement for this book. I loved every. single. page. and I am so glad that it loved up to my expectations of being just as great as Scythe which was one of my favourite reads of 2017 ❤I used to think that I wasn't really into dystopia anymore but I reckon it's Neal Shusterman's mind blowing writing style that has made me fall in ...
  • C.G. Drews
    Okay so WOW this was intense and full of plot twists and politics and muRDeR. I mean it is literally a series about a (nearly) utopian world with ordained murders so. I love that and it's also terrifying! This book though! I am a little dazed by tHAT EnDING.Me: This book looks nice.Me: The ending looks like it'll wrap up quite nicely with--Book: [smASHES me in the face with a cliffhanger]I don't !! even know what to think while I wait for book #3...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
    Just kidding! Everyone gets a cape robe in this. Some scythes are even blinging up theirs to show they support a new order of scything.... ...throwing morals to the wind and murdering gleaning people however and whenever they please.Rowan has gone rogue and Citra is adjusting to her first year as an official scythe. A new character named Greyson is introduced and I really liked him.The Thunderhead has become much more of a character. He's the sup...
  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    4.5/5 stars (rounded down) - now if only Goodreads would introduce half star ratings, then I wouldn't have to go breaking mathematical rules to round down, when I am clearly supposed to be rounding up!“An arrogant head of state gives permission to all nature of hate as long as it feeds his ambition. And the unfortunate truth is, people devour it. Society gorges itself, and rots. Permission is the bloated corpse of freedom.”I think I've found ...
  • Connor
    My Video Review:
  • Whispering Stories
    Book Reviewed by Nia on www.whisperingstories.comI’m so glad that I read this book directly after the first in the series, I was still very much in the zone and this book was absolute perfection.I felt that Scythe, the first book, was a little slow in the action and pacing department but it turns out that it was all about setting things up for this book – the politics we were introduced to have now taken a dark turn, we learn more about the T...
  • Erin
    Yes! Finally a 5 Star read!Well that ended with a real bang! I loved Scythe but I love Thunderhead even more. I gave Scythe 4 Stars last year but I thought it lacked something in the world building column. I did not have that problem with Thunderhead, not only did I feel completely enmeshed in this world but I felt like the background of this world was fleshed out. I usually find it annoying when new characters are introduced in sequels but I lov...
  • Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
    JUNE UPDATE ON MY FAVORITE READ OF 2018: Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this book has over 11,000 ratings, and the average GR rating is freaking 4.55 STARS?!?! If this isn't a contender for a 2018 book of the year, I will come armed to the tooth with sporks, willing to fight anyone who disagrees..... Okay, that's the end of this update. Onto the review...NO ONE TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD DO THAT TO US, NEAL.SERIOUSLY. WHO ...
  • Ronak Gajjar
    WHY THAT ENDING? - What am I suppose to do? Dive from a cliff because of all sneaky suspense? Or I could be as mean as the end and say this:Reading this, unknowingly a change happened to me! Usually, I sit around with notepad, different colored pens to scribble my thought-process, and lots of coffee when I read anything. However, for this particular book, I am somewhat blank from scribbling point of view. There were portions (*especially from Thu...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Again I will say it, Neal Shusterman (NS) is the Sci-Fi King of What If….He takes a thought like hey we have a cloud now and we are putting more and more stuff in it what if years and years down the road we have an AI version that is a mash up of The Cloud/Google/Facebook/Amazon and it had a social conscience and was put in charge of EVERYTHING. How would the world change? How could I not love the very beings who gave me life? Even if they don...
  • Yusra ✨
    oh. my. god. OH MYGOD. OH. MY. GOD. I CANNOT. FUNCTION. i feel like,,, i can’t explain how i feel because there aren’t words. OH MY GOD. OHHHHH MYYYYY GOOOOODDDDD(i actually give this book 4 stars but that ending is 5 stars so i’ll leave that here for now)rtcOH MY GOD. —buddy read with Tara 💗 (i’ll tag)I’m living for this cover’s colour and just generally Scythe Faraday, please don’t hurt me Shusterman I can’t take it with th...
  • lucie
    Thunderhead was a good book but even though I enjoyed it, it wasn't as good as the first book and I found myself less interested in the story. I expected a lot of action but I got a lot strategic and political moves instead. I didn't like the additional POVs and the ending? (view spoiler)[Sharknado much? (hide spoiler)] No, just no. It as weird. But I'm still looking forward to the next one.***It's rare for me to read a sequel almost right after ...
  • Jodi Meadows
  • Coreen (AsThePlotThickens)
    FULL USELESS REVIEW POSTED! "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears --or eyes, whatever-- I hereby declare that I already licked a swab of cotton buds, secured it in a ziplock and plan to make that particular sample of DNA as a family heirloom to be cherish by my descendants with an instruction to resurrect me when a true Thunderhead was created." You know that you read a one of a kind book when you stare at the wall for hours and spend t...
  • Tatiana
    Now that I've settled into this at first hard to swallow premise, I am enjoying the series quite a bit. Although I still don't feel particularly connected to the main characters (3rd person narration must have something to do with that), the world is fascinating, and Shusterman has done a great job expanding it in this sequel. In Thunderhead he has one of the most interesting AI creations I've encountered so far in YA (and adult lit), and glimpse...
  • Katie
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    HOLY @*! That was phenomenal. What a great followup to Scythe.
  • Suzanne
    This series is just crazy good! I believe I gave book one ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and this sequel is getting the same amount of stars! There are so many characters readers get drawn into in this series but also the world is crazy to think about after you shut the book. A world where people are gleamed instead of dying naturally just draws you into the book but then you find yourself invested in the characters journeys and you are a goner for the series! ...