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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 528 Pages.

Published: 03 May 2018 by Walker Books

ISBN: 1406379530

EAN: 9781406379532

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?


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Slow Start - Good Last Quarter

This is the second book in the "Arc of a Scythe" series. The first being simply called Scythe. Unfortunately I didn't feel that this gripped me in quite the same way as the first book.

In this book we continue to follow the lives of the people we met in the first book, primarily Rowan & Citra. Rowan is now an outlaw having escaped from the Conclave at the end of the last book. Citra is now Scythe Anastasia working closely with her mentor Scythe Curie. Despite the demise of Scythe Goddard, the Scythehood is far from calm with rival factions seeking to gain control and power.

It took me a long time to get into this book. In fact I nearly gave up on it twice before I felt that the story was really progressing and I was starting to get involved with the characters. The last quarter of the book was most enjoyable and is what raised this from a 3 star to a 4 star book.

I am not entirely sure what went wrong for me. I often find that having been on a high following my completion of the first book in the series, this does not continue into the second book. When I have loved the first book, as I did with Scythe, my expectations of the second never quite come to fruition. I often feel disappointed. Whether this is the author's fault or mine I couldn't be sure but probably the fault rests at both doors.

On the whole this was a good book if somewhat slow for the first 3/4. The characters remain good & the futuristic world created by the author is excellent. In this book we meet the unsavouries which are a welcome addition to the seemingly perfect world.

Although I won't actively seek out the next book in the series - it is obvious there will be one - I would read it if I came across it.

I received a free copy of this book from the author.

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