Book Review

THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 5 / 5

I read SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman back in March and wound up loving it, so I immediately worked to get THUNDERHEAD, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series, onto my shelf and my TBR. Thankfully my Jar of TBR coorperated and gave me the perfect prompt.

I don’t want to go into much detail on the plot of THUNDERHEAD as it would be giving away spoilers for SCYTHE, but it takes place not long after the first book ends. This is set in a world where man has conquered death and aging, allowing people to come back to life in nearly any circumstance.

In order to manage the world’s resources, an artificial intelligence known as Thunderhead was put into place with very few restrictions. One of the areas where Thunderhead does not interfere is with the Scythes, those who enact deaths in the world that people will not return from to keep population growth under control. It seems like a perfect system, but there is dissension in the ranks and a new order wanting to change things up.

I really enjoyed THUNDERHEAD and flew through it. It is a pretty lengthy book at just over 500 pages, but it reads very quickly. The author has created an elaborate world and complicated characters, all of which bring up a lot of moral questions. As the title implies, this book focuses in more on the AI and its power over the world and its limitations. We get snapshots of the Thunderhead’s inner monologue which I found intriguing.

I’m very much looking forward to adding the third book, THE TOLL, to my shelf soon!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book with a robot, cyborg or AI character

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