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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Slightly weaker than the first book in the series, but it does have a single vast improvement going for it: The Thunderhead.

You know, the godlike AI who gave immortality and fine government to the utopian future humanity? The one who concluded that it would be best if humans dealt with the issue of killing off their own to keep the population down rather than becoming the demon so many of us feared.

You know... the cop out. Pass the problem along to the idiots who STILL don't know any better. You know. The Scythes. :)

EVEN SO. I like the two directions this book takes. Vigilantism and drastic fixes on one side and the good people working on the inside, correcting the corruption, on the other.

Still YA? Hmm. Technically. But despite the ethics tone, the bloodshed, and the difficult question of power corrupting, the basic story is still one of two kinds of good versus evil. The Thunderhead plays a large if largely self-imposed non-interference policy in all the events and I loved it the most.

A certain partygoer really grew on me, too. Sigh.

All told, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. :)

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