Book Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

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About the book

The Thunderhead blurb

My thoughts

This is book two in the series and follows on from book one. The book is named after the global AI operating system that runs the world. This isn’t any ordinary computer, and is a character within the series as much as any human

Book one ended with Citra’s and Rowan’s apprenticeship coming to an end and following their new lives. Citra is now the Scythe Anastasia, and Rowan is in hiding.

Anastasia has chosen to stay with Curie and is making her own mark as a Scythe. When an attack is made on their lives they realise they are not safe. The obvious attacked would be Scythe Lucifer who has been murdering Scythes. Anastasia knows this is not so, because Lucifer is Rowan and she trusts he’d never target her.

We are also introduced to Grayson who had a special relationship with The Thunderhead. He becomes Slayd, an unsavoury, in a secret undercover mission that goes wrong.

Meanwhile Scythe Rand has an evil plan to bring back Scythe Goddard, and in a way that will punish Rowan for his betrayal.

All their stories come together for a truly epic ending that I didn’t see coming. This brilliant crafted world is destroyed by the end. Once again Citra & Rowan out smart their enemies plan but it was still a dire conclusion- for them not the reader.

The only unresolved story line was a side plot involving Scythe Faraday, searching for The Land of Nod – a fictional place sung about in a nursery rhymes. I wonder if there will be more to this in the next book. I expect book three will see Citra & Rowan free of their predicament and once again facing Goddard.

Read it for twists and turns, and out smarting the bad guys. Don’t read it if you don’t like blood, gore, or sensitive about death.


You can buy this book from:

Amazon: Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe)


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Looking forward to Felixstowe Book Festival

My plan was to create a YouTube video reflecting on previous years of the festival. Instead our home was struck with chicken pox. First my youngest had it, then it was school holidays, and then my oldest had it. Having the kids home all the time, has impacted my time to do anything for myself.

It doesn’t matter. Nothing is going to stop me getting excited about this year’s Felixstowe Book Festival. It’s literally starts next Saturday!

Author Ally Aldridge at Felixstowe Book Festival

When I first attended Felixstowe Book Festival, I dreamt that one day it could be me as an author, Once I published Ocean Heart, I thought maybe my dream would come try but the pandemic struck. The Children’s program was cancelled.

This is the first year since then that they have had a children’s programme, and I’m part of it. More details on my Events page.

Let’s Talk Fantasy at Felixstowe Book Festival

My event is on Saturday, 17 June 2023 at 11:30am at Felixstowe Library. I will be joined by Imogen and Phoebe, and we’re going to be chatting Fantasy books.

It is a FREE event, but you need a ticket to attend. Get your ticket from their website

For now, I wish to encourage you to come join us, especially if you love YA fantasy books. You should also check out the program and see what else takes your fancy. There is so much to offer.


Here are some blog posts I did about previous years, that maybe one day, I’ll turn into a YouTube video…