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YA Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Title: Thunderhead
Author: Neal Shusterman
Year Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction (dystopian)
Pages: 504
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NE, KS, MO, TX), Egypt, and the Marshall Islands

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): The Thunderhead is the perfect ruler of a perfect world, but it has no control over the scythedom. A year has passed since Rowan has 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 leads 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.

In the thrilling sequel to the Printz Honor book Scythe, old foes and new enemies converge. And as corruption within the scythedom spreads, Rowan and Citra begin to lose hope. Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Review: Ah, Neal Shusterman. What a writing god. This book pulled me in as much as the first book in the series, Scythe. As in all the books by Shusterman that I have read, he takes the elements of society today and twists them to their extremes, creating a world that is our, but not ours. 

Citra and Rowan are back and I still like them. They are two sides of the same issue: idealistic and realistic; hopeful and realistic; favored and out of favor. I like that they keep in touch and are there for each other at all costs. 

The nasty scythes are super nasty this time around, which makes for an awesome story. I can't say too much about that or I'd give away too much of the plot. 

One of the things I really love about this series is the names of the scythes. They are all taken from history (painters, scientists, authors, activists, and more) and the scythes have personalities and dispositions that fit the name they chose.

If you enjoy dystopian YA novels then this book and series are a good choice. I can't wait for the next installment!

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