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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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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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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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Just Shut Up

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

JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL MY STARS.

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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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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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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!

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They better make a movie..

Wow, I liked this one even better than the first! So many unexpected twists and such clever writing. especially for a YA. The author has very clever ways to avoid any cliche's you would expect and this book finally brought the story into an epic arc, so im excited to see where the third goes. He thoroughly thinks through philosophical questions about the way society is structured and answers them through the Thunderhead who's perspective I enjoy.

And a narrator to match the quality. This guy has such great distinct voices and tones that you know exactly the perspective you are listening to every time. He always moves in between accents seamlessly and knows the importance of character voice.

Must read.

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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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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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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-14-20

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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  • 01-25-18

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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  • Claire
  • 04-14-20

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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  • LR
  • 03-23-21

Great listen

Wonderful narration and a compelling plot. It was easy to get wrapped up in the characters. Nice little cliff hanger leaving me hungry for more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-21

i am in Awe

The concept and philophy Neil has created just leaves me in awe. absolutely marvellous. The books will be purchased and will sit in my shelves

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  • Poppey
  • 02-28-21

Chilling

Unfortunately, the only lightbulb in the box dimmer than Rowan seemed to be Tyger, and that didn’t end well. I think the only criticism I would make is the drawn out thoughts of the Thunderhead, in each chapter, which I found a little too much, so dropped a star.

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  • Paula Nicole
  • 02-28-21

Amazing sequel

I adored this book. Couldn't stop listening to it. I can't wait to read the next one!

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  • miss n l a brooks
  • 02-24-21

Love this series

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

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  • Rave
  • 01-20-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-21

HOLY ****

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

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  • Ali Msayer
  • 04-28-18

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
  • 02-11-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-21

Great follow up!

An excellent second story to this series! If you haven’t yet, listen to the first one and go on this interesting journey!

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 01-02-21

Power leads to corruption

Winner of the ring gathers the riches.
The loser gets nothing except manipulation and becomes a useable commodity.
There were only two left out of the original 8, so I couldn’t see why both candidates couldn’t get a ring, but of course there was an ulterior motive.
The truth of the plot awaits the third book!

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  • Sam Jones
  • 10-30-20

Fantastic sequel

Brilliant second entry in the trilogy.
The world building continues to be compelling and the characters are compelling and well developed.

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  • Kailey
  • 04-19-20

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
  • 04-13-20

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
  • 03-10-20

Wow!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-19

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
  • 04-25-19

amazing

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