• Thunderhead

  • Arc of a Scythe
  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11,468 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Even better than the first

If you're worried that this won't be as good as the first book, think again!

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Excellent

This book was everything that the first book was and better. One of the best books I have read in a long time

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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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  • Matthew
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Emma
  • 10-11-21

really enjoying these books

Great story and concept. A little dark at times, but never uncomfortably so. The narration is clear and sensitive to the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-21

very good book

much better then the first book not that the first book was bad. but I felt like there was more story in this one. very good book to chill with.

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  • ian
  • 09-08-21

disappointing sequel

A very disappointing follow up to the excellent scythe. it quickly descended into utter ridiculousness and never found it's way back, becoming almost a caricature of itself. I had already purchased the third instalment so can only hope the writer found his way back to the excellent beginning. however cant help but feel if they have its via the most unstable of bridges.

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  • Alan
  • 08-07-21

Why can't I rate it TEN stars!???

I read the book and came back to the audio version a few months later. I wasn't dissapointed. An excellent trilogy read in a way that gives the author justice. I can't recommend this enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-21

Loving this series

I can't wait to listen to the next one, I'm loving this series. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, it's unpredictable and it's fun.

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  • Tomás Timon
  • 07-19-21

Another masterpiece

And I thought the first installment was good... wow. Amazing sequel, it managed to capture the same atmosphere as the first book, and elevate the stakes and the suspense to new heights. I loved the concept how the inner soul of the Thunderhead was introduced through its interaction with the best and worst of humanity, and the snippets of its thought at the end of each chapter. The new protagonist was masterfully wowen into the fabric of the story, and Greg Tremblay's excellent performance managed to bring everyone's personality to life. I'm on my way of becoming a Shusterman, Tremblay fan boy, I can already tell :D

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  • Hannah FB
  • 06-24-21

Well that blew my mind!

I will write a proper review eventually but... wow, holy moly! I am genuinely SPEECHLESS (in a good way!)!

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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
  • 12-07-21

Stunning performance

The Arc of a Scythe has so far been an absolute pleasure, From the exceptional writing of Neal Shusterman, to the wonderfully talented Greg Tremblay with his Narration.

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  • Sarah McDonald
  • 10-04-21

Absolutely BRILLIANT!

This series of books are absolutely fabulously written and so unique. Can not recommend enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

oh the twists and turns!

such a fantastic and unique story, incredibly well written, well paced, and narrated perfectly. a wonderful sequel to Scythe. I am moving directly on to the third book, The Toll, and greatly looking forward to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-21

Chills

The conclusion of this second part to Shusterman's series has waves of goosebumps rolling over my skin. The development of the characters, the tolls exacted and the insight into the Thunderhead is reminiscent of God Emperor of Dune, but written for the 21st century. I am thrilled to begin the next book and loathe to conclude it. I would have the Thunderhead supplant my memory just to read/listen again for the first time.

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  • Leaf
  • 05-20-21

best sequel to the best book!

highly recommend listening or reading! I have not been this into a series for years!
normally I listen in bed at night and on multiple occasions I bolted up right in bed mouth and eyes wide open in shock. my heart left from my chest all throughout!
there are characters I love and one in particular that I Hate!!!
omg!!

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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.