Author: Neal Shusterman
Rating: 4/5 ⭐ for Scythe and 5/5 ⭐ for Thunderhead
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
Format: Paperback/ library hardcover (I plan to purchase a paperback copy of Thunderhead when it comes out)
Series: Arc of a Scythe #1 and #2
I will be careful not to spoil anything in either book when discussing them. So for that reason, I will just give you the summary of Scythe from Goodreads: A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
I think this whole series has such a unique concept and so far is very well executed! Shusterman is a genius at twists and turns. I read Scythe with a group and each of us guessed different surprises but no one figured out the whole storyline.
As much as I loved Scythe, Thunderhead was even better. For one thing, I think there was a lot less fatphobia in it and Shusterman explained a few questions I had about the world. It was also a lot more action packed since the world was already set up. I continued to ponder our world and be surprised by the story. I REALLY need the third book now!
Also, I love Citra and Rowan but The Thunderhead is the real star of the show. Should I love an Artificial Intelligence this much? If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Some great quotes from Thunderhead (for some reason I didn’t write any down for Scythe):
“In time, all storms settle to a pleasant breeze.”
“The end doesn’t always justify the means, dear. But sometimes it does. Wisdom is knowing the difference.”
“The illusion of purpose is critical to a well-adjusted society.”