Author: Neal Shusterman
Published: January 9, 2018
Series: Arc of a Scythe, #2
Goodreads rating: 4.48/5
Genre: YA/ Sci-fi
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Synopsis from Goodreads: *Don’t read if you haven’t read the first book in this series*
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 Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
Citra, now 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. Realizing 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 perfection goes into decline?
My Mini Review:
I didn’t enjoy this second book in the Scythe series as much as I did the first one, but the plot was still interesting enough to keep me engaged. I liked when the Thunderhead was the narrator, its point of view was very enlightening (no pun intended), and it added a whole new dimension to the story. Grayson was also a nice new addition to the cast of characters, and he added a much needed perspective into the world of “unsavories.” The pacing was a bit too slow in the first half of the book, but it picked up on the second half. The ending was surprising to say the least, but I am not in a hurry to grab the next book in the series. Overall, I do recommend this series to all YA/Sci-fi fans, as it provides a fresh take on the human condition and what it means to be alive.