Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman | Review

“If we were judged by the things we most regret, no human being would be worthy to sweep the floor”





Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally, In the year since Winter Concloavem he has gone off-grid and has been striking out against corrupt scythes – not only in MidMercia =, but across the entire continent. He is dark folk hero now – “Scythe Lucifer” 0 a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realising she cannot do this alone – or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead  – the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfect goes into decline?


I immediately picked this book up after reading Scythe (twice). I ignored by whole TBR for the month and decide that this is what I needed to read. I could not wait to find out what happened next after the ending of Scythe. I was worried that it would not live up to how much I loved Scythe, and I was not convinced that that I could but I actually loved Thunderhead even more than Scythe. It just gets better and better as the series goes on.

I loved meeting lots of new exciting characters that were either not in Scythe or were in the background of it. Don’t get me wrong I loved Citra and Rowan so much  but it was refreshing to read about different characters and get to know them better. A particular favourite of mine was Greyson Tolliver, I loved him so much. He was the kind of character that had me hooked and I just wanted to read more and more about him as the book went on.I struggled to work out his motives and couldn’t decide whether he was meant to be good or bad but I love how Neal kept me guessing. Neal really had me on edge regarding the relationship with Rowan and Citra you didn’t really see them together and it just left you wondering whether there would be together again. I am so heartless, I hate romance but I feel like Neal has melted my cold cold heart. I WANT THEM TO LOVE EACH OTHER AND BE TOGETHER.

I loved getting to know the Thunderhead in greater detail within this book. I enjoy that before the start of each chapter you get a snippet from him whether it be from the current day or the past. I really like him as a character and I feel that he helped to take the book to a completely other level of excitement.

Talking about characters, Goddard. God awful Goddard. As much as I dislike him he is such a good character and had me intrigued throughout. He reminds me of pa very disliked politician in the modern day world .. insert names here .. and I feel like he was a very realistic character that could be put into modern day society and not questioned. He is a hate to love character, I really hate him but I can’t help bit want more from him.

I loved the ending of Scythe so much, BUT THE ENDING OF THUNDERHEAD OMG. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, Neal writes that ending and I am sent into a ball of many emotions. It was absolutely amazing. Honestly one of the best endings of a book I have ever read. It didn’t feel forced for the sake of conflict, it honestly fit in so well and it felt so realistic. I did not see it coming AT ALL.

The Toll is in my sights and I cannot wait to pick it up and read read read. Please don’t end this series Neal, I just know after The Toll I am going to want more.

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