author: Neal Shusterman
series: Arc of a Scythe #2
published: 9 January 2018
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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?
I love that dystopian novels make you think about your own world and beliefs, make you consider your priorities and the possibilities. Thus far, this series does that well.
This book went much further into the world of the Scythedom. The conflicts became more intense, creating divides amongst the Scythes. That created an air of political intrigue that was fascinating as lines were drawn and gauntlets thrown. The cracks in the Scythedom are becoming too large for anyone to continue to ignore. Added to that was a new character, Grayson, whose part in the story lent another perspective to that of Rowan and Citra.
The level of anticipation and suspense were absolutely perfect, the pacing equally perfect. So many questions from the first book were answered, and just as many new ones raised. And the ending was so good, which left me with a lot of questions about how the third book would play out. There are some wonderful cliffhangers that leave a lot of possibilities.