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Before I begin, I just thought that I should note that Thunderhead carries on closely where Scythe left off. If you want to fully appreciate this series, I would certainly recommend reading Scythe first. If you don't, I think a lot of the terminology used and significance of certain characters will go flying over your head.
In some ways, Thunderhead's world building felt a lot stronger than that of Scythe. The focus is not so fixed on the Scythe order this time. We learn a lot more about the lay of the land, the nature (and limitations) of Thunderhead, and even a brief glimpse of the events that brought about an end to the Age of Mortality. And this blew me away. The world of Thunderhead is vast and enthralling, completely original and eager to suck the reader in.
However the plot itself was, in this reader's opinion, a little weaker than that of the first. Thunderhead is very long for a young adult novel and its plot felt as though it lacked focus. There were a number of threads this time, following Citra, Rowan, Faraday and newcomers - Munira and Greyson. Yet, for the most part, these threads were unconnected. The only two that really collided were Citra and Rowan's, and this was not until the climax of the story. Really, it felt more like an extended build up to what looks to be a explosive final novel.
Despite Thunderhead's length, I never got bored. While the book certainly shared some of Scythe's flaws - such as the tendency towards exposition - and annoyingly glossed over certain early plot points like Tyger's fate, its tension kept me turning the page. It was clear that something terrible was building from the first attempt at Citra and Scythe Curie's life, but it wasn't until the final few chapters when the true horror of the villain's plan became clear. This terrible twist was completely unpredictable, and makes me very excited to find out what will happen next.
In terms of character, the book was once again very strong. Citra, in particular, has an excellent character arc in this book. I liked the way that the author flipped between calling her Citra and Anastasia, depending on what occurred on stage. The awkward thanksgiving dinner with her family and way that the young scythes flock to her also served to empathise how far she had come.
While Rowan received less development in this novel, his spell as Scythe Lucifer raised some interesting moral questions. While it was hard not to root for him his methods - murdering murderers - certainly left a lot of room for ethical debates. I also liked the way that his actions in Scythe came back to haunt him. So much of this book could have been avoided if he had not targeted his enemies so viciously in Scythe...
The newcomers - Munira and Greyson - were also set up well in this novel. While they unfortunately did not have a lot to do this time around, they were set up nicely as strong and well-rounded individuals. While I would have liked to have seen more of Munira in particular, I am incredibly curious to see what role they will play in the next instalment.
All in all, Thunderhead was a bit of a middle novel. While it was still a thoroughly enjoyable read, its plot and character arcs just felt a little weaker than those of Scythe. Still, I'm very eager to see this series through to the end and look forward to reading what will happen next.
I enjoyed this book but I had the same issue as with the first book in that it was just very slow at times. I will continue to read the series but I was slightly disappointed in this book. There will be SOME minor spoilers so be warned!
Things I didn't like: 1. Like I said above. It was was a little slow. 2. The "journal entries" of the thunderhead. We get it...you love humans and you're perfect but you struggle with giving them free will because you know better (this theme gets pounded into your brain) 3. The lack of scenes with Rowan and Citra together. I admit it. I enjoy romance when it's not just completely ridiculous. I think this romance is well written. It's not insta love. But it's a little angsty of course because if it wasn't it would be boring to read! I didn't want them to make out in every scene but they could have at least had an adventure or fight together....speaking of fighting... 4. There isn't a lot of action in this book. Rowan and even Citra are great fighters! Why can't we see more of that?! 5. The introduction of a new MC "Slayd" (I forget his real name). His chapters were SO boring to me. I found myself skimming some of them. I wanted to get back the characters that I actually cared about...not that he was that bad. He was a little whiny but not too bad.
Things I'm not sure about: The allegory stuff of God's (the thundercloud) relationship with mankind/free will stuff. I think I like it? It's a little on the nose but eh. I don't mind allegories especially about religion. The Lion,the Witch, and the Wardrobe is one of my favorite books but I couldn't decide if I was a fan of this or not.
Things I liked: 1. Rowan. He's awesome and yes a little angsty and he can do stupid things but I think his character is still my favorite. He's a compassionate badass. His chapters were the most exciting and I think we had the least of them. The poor kid just has the worst life...and I LOVE it! Muhahahha (I hope he gets a happy ending) 2. Citra- I really like her too. I like how she chose to glean. I like that she isn't annoying. She is smart and has an actual personality. I love her relationship with Marie. 3. The action... when there was any...was great! 4. The ending was pretty epic. I think the author ends his books very well. It makes me want to read the 3rd!
So there you go. What I want to see in the third book is MORE ACTION and MORE ROCITRA/RITRA/ROWTRA/CITROWAN?!? Whatever their ship name is. Seriously though! Make them kick ass TOGETHER!
I loved the book, but the quality is completely different from the other two books in the trilogy, both of which I also ordered from Amazon. Instead of a textured cover, I received a cheap, glossy, slightly pixelated cover. The book is also slightly taller than the other two in the series.
I liked this second book in the trilogy, and it took directions I didn't expect.
My main issue, and the reason I have tasted it one less star than the first book is the villain. While most of the characters are fairly nuanced, the main villain here is definitely not, and borders on the pantomime. This a shame as the concepts this series is dealing with are intriguing and complex, and while the consequences of the villain's actions produce interesting and results that get the mind juices going, it's a shame that they have to do it while twiddling thier metaphorical moustache, let's hope they get more nuanced in the third book. Some how I don't see that happening.
I wanted to like it. I liked Scythe. But Marie Curie seems totally naive and distracted and not at all the wise leader she’s made to be. The Greyson arc is just snooze worthy. We need about 200% more Rowan and Farraday. I will say I LOVED the Thunderhead passages and I loved the last 20 pages.
Oh this book takes it self to seriously. It's a great read and I'm happy with the way the plot is going (basically I really want to read the next book), but sometimes it was so predictable that it made me angry. But also there were times when I know the scene was supposed to be thrilling, but it was down right funny, especially at the end of the book. I do recommend reading this book if you read the first one, just set your expectations low.
I loved the first one, but this one was a struggle for me. No matter what the main characters were getting a raw deal, every single scenario. Just made it painful to read. Otherwise the story is good. I just wanted a tough of happiness anywhere for anyone.