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Thunderhead

Arc of a Scythe
Written by: Neal Shusterman
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Arc of a Scythe
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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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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Great Sequel

it was a really great sequel, and loved the narrator. He was able to bring life to the characters. The story was very intriguing and the ending!
The ending was such that can't wait for the 3rd book to finally hit the shelves.
Should listen to audiobook for this series.

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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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  • 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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  • Inkish Kingdoms
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • godesseyes
  • 05-01-19

Not as good as the first one but it did end strongly!

There were a lot of new characters so it was a little frustrating trying to keep track of all the characters as well as all the new settings. That being said this narrator is excellent with such a clear voice. Towards the end I got bored but it does get stronger again and had a strong ending.

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  • Marla Balla
  • 17-06-18

Wow! A blockbuster book

I don’t know if there is such a thing as a blockbuster book if there is, then this is it.

The first book was incredible and you must read it first to understand the concept of the storyline. This second installment was just outstanding. It had an amazing, action-packed and riveting storyline that ended with a cliffhanger that had me gnashing my teeth for more.

I don’t think I have stated this before in any of my other reviews but I daresay that this is one of the best books I’ve read all year.

Bravo Mr. Shusterman - if all your books are this great- I’ll be purchasing them all tonight.

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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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  • Matthew
  • 25-01-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-05-20

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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  • Jess
  • 17-04-20

Brilliant

The second instalment in the Arc of Scythe series. Following the journey of two now junior Scythes and the Thunder Head which can help but can not intervene.
I actually enjoyed this book better than the first one. There was so much more content and I really enjoyed the all the characters and how each of them interacted with each other. It was nice following each of the junior Scythes in the own day to day world and how they where both different but both within their own battle and it was nice to see them come together from time to time. There is still the question I have which is will they, won't they. But I'm sure something will happen in the third and final book. There were also other characters within the book which we got to follow, of which we never got a conclusion of stories and roles.
The "actual" Thunder Head, what can I say. An amazing part of each chapter I loved reading. A computer/database which almost seems to have emotion. And the telling of what it can and cannot do, but would like to do if it could was so absorbing it made me sympathetic.
With all these unanswered questions and with the book finishing on a cliff hanger, I am very intrigued to see where it all ends.

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  • Claire
  • 14-04-20

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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  • amie jakubiec
  • 06-03-20

Amazing

This book keeps the story of the characters going and is just as good as the first in the trilogy and oh my that ending is epic!

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 06-03-20

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I am blown away (again by this series and how it ended). This was the kind of second book that we don’t see as readers very often, the kind of book that exceeds the first book in expectation and enjoyment. THUNDERHEAD took all of my preconceptions from book one and set a bomb in the middle of them, leaving me jaw-dropped to the floor.

THUNDERHEAD itself had much more characterisation in this book and I loved every reveal, every moment of narration from the Thunderhead. I learnt so much more about the workings, ethics and even affection that the Thunderhead had and used to operationalise the world in this age. The scythes, however were an unhinged s**t show. Oh how they unraveled in this story and how I loved reading it all. The usual suspects were there, Scythe Curie, Scythe Anastasia (Citra) and Scythe Lucifer (Rowan). But oh my word, there were some scythe surprises too. I was shook.

This installment introduced the concept of unsavouries which was an interesting depth to this age and Grayson’s character made for interesting reading. We also learnt a bit more about the tonists too.

So who stole the show in this book? Two characters, firstly the THUNDERHEAD themselves and then Scythe Anastasia. I am now left in total suspense for what will happen in the final installment of this excellent series.

If my body is the Earth, then I am nothing more than a spec of dust in the vastness of space. I wonder what it would be like, then, if my consciousness were to someday span the distance between the stars. – THE THUNDERHEAD

The narration was excellent. One narrator, multiple POVS conveyed very well with tonation and mood. If you’ve not started Arc of a Scythe, then what have you been doing with your life?

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  • K Winfield
  • 10-02-20

Just as good as book one

Yep. I Very much enjoyed book two in the series. Looking forwards to book three.

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  • Miss L. S. Payne
  • 30-12-19

one of the best books I've ever read

I loved this book so much. It was so well written. It brought me to tears, laughter, and I even paced the room for the anticipation of what would be next. I would highly recommend this audiobook and series! It is so perfectly done.

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  • Angela
  • 13-12-19

Fantastic!

I had goosebumps at the end! What a wonderful story. I'm just finishing this review then diving right into book 3. Such a sad story that shows the best and the worst of humanity, with a flicker of hope. Very much like the story of Pandora. The narrator's voice is also sombre which just adds to the heavy nature of the story. This series is going into my list of all time favourites.

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  • Thez
  • 12-12-19

great story great characters

enjoyable story that kept me going from start to finish. narrator does a great job too.

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  • Ali Msayer
  • 28-04-18

Just amazing

Truly on of the best audio books can't wait for the next one. Truly a journey.

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  • Anna G
  • 11-02-18

Amazing!

Amazing, utterly amazing. I have no words. What a spectacle to behold. Neal's world and Greg's performance is one of a kind.

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  • Kailey
  • 19-04-20

New favourite series

If you like fantasy books... READ THIS TRILOGY! It was phenomenal and the narrator was brilliant.

This is a book I will think about for years to come.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-20

amazing

an exciting ride! with varied and likeable old and new heroes and villains! wow. ready for book 3 the toll

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  • Alexander capper
  • 10-03-20

Wow!

Sooo much better than I expected. I thought it would be good but wow. So addictive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-19

philosophical and inspired

an outstand story from a very engaging view point. great if you think you might like the philosophy involved in the perfect world

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-19

amazing

very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good
yay wow cool goodness kewl

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-19

It didn't hook me

I did not finish this book. I absolutely loved the first book and could not stop reading it. But I just couldn't get into this one as much as I wanted to. The narration is excellent.

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  • James
  • 03-04-19

The right blend of fiction and futurism

a cool funky story about a not too distant possible fantastical future. good quality narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-19

Good book

It was a good book to listen to, surprise's though out the book but one massive one. Quite good but can be a little dark for some listens