The Captain’s Log – thunderhead (Neal Shusterman)

Ahoy there me mateys!  If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, scythe, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril .

First let’s take a look at another beautiful cover:


I am absolutely glad I read this novel.  I loved it!  This book is set one year after the events of book one.  Citra is a junior scythe and is trying to settle into that new role.  At the same time, her approach to death is unusual and is causing political waves.  Rowan has chosen to become an vengeful angel of death known as “Lucifer” and attempts to fight the corruption of scythes from the outside.  Much to the chagrin of the organization.  The clash between the new wave scythes and the older guard continues to cause havoc.

I thought this book be way better than the first novel in terms of plot and pacing.  The Thunderhead viewpoints were fun and I adored the addition of Greyson.  In fact he became me favourite character in the book.  And I loved the ending all around.  I won’t give any other details because no spoilers.  But I am eagerly awaiting book three and think that all of me crew should give this series a chance.  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

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?

To visit the author’s website go to:

Neal Shusterman – Author

To buy the book go to:

thunderhead – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

scythe – book 1 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Sci-Fi)

12 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – thunderhead (Neal Shusterman)

  1. It’s great that book 2 was good.. I am still so on the fence about the series for some reason and I can’t explain why… I have heard great things about books1&2 but just can’t seem to be able to get myself excited enough to just take the plunge… I think it may have something to do with a book I read that had something to do with reapers and it was so godawful boring that I am cautious now 😀 mental block! But… if you enjoyed the books, they have to be good so I won’t give up on the idea of reading these in the future! 🙂

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    1. Thanks fer the long fun comment matey! Both of these books have silly elements to them and things that don’t make complete sense but they are fun. But I understand that type of mental block. Ever since sparkly vampires came on the scene, I have trouble picking up any vampire books – whether the vampires sparkle or not. And I use to read all the vampire books I could find. But the idea that I might get an Edward type of vampire irks me even if I have been told there is no resemblance. I hope to get over that block one day but so far nothing has gotten me interest.
      x The Captain

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      1. A-ha! So you completely understand the mental block thing… it’s an odd one to have.. imagine all the good ones we may miss reading just because one created characters just flushed the whole of the ‘population’ per se… I love vampire stories though and honestly- I am yet to come across anything now that is superb! So, even though Edward ruined it for a lot of people, there’s an opportunity for writer here to save ‘the nation’ 😀

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      2. Hey if ye choose to write a non-sparkly vampire book then I will be yer first reader! I also realized another block I sometimes have and that’s with the fae. I get tired of them always being pretty and selfish with no real reasoning behind what they do then “because I am throwing a pretty people temper tantrum.” I keep seeing reviews for Holly Black’s new book and the good reviews and realized that was me hold up for not getting it. Two blocks. Ugh. While at least yer comment helped me break the denial. Now I might just have to go into therapy to overcome the problems!
        x The Captain

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      3. hahahahaha… love this.. to be honest, I have NO idea what this unreal fascination with Holly Blacks book is- I was being very generous by rating it 3 stars… but I get you, totally…
        When you find a good therapist, let me know, I’ll sign up for some sessions as well! 😀 My other peeve is time travel! yikes… so, see? I need help too!

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      4. Ye know upon further thought I did actually like Holly Black’s the coldest girl in coldtown which was about vampires! Odd. It’s the only book of hers that I remember actively enjoying. I like elements of a couple of others but haven’t been able to finish any of her others and I have many many of them on me kindle.
        x The Captain


  2. I have seen this series around but for some reason it just doesn’t seem to have registered with me. Glad you’re enjoying the series so much – the covers are really intriguing. They feel like you see something and then when you look closely they turn into something else! I have read Unwind by Shusterman which I really enjoyed so perhaps I should give this a go too.
    Lynn 😀

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