Publishing Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Format: Audiobook & eBook
Goodreads Rating: 4.52
My Rating: 5
”That’s exactly what the scythedom is: high school with murder.”
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?
By Your Side by Gill Chang, Rahn Harper
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One of my favorite things about this series is how the in-between entrys are always so thought-provoking and give the book that extra spice of uniqueness. This book was more mindboggling than Scythe if that is even possible. Neal Shusterman was such a master at creating such a logical persona for artificial intelligence (Thunderhead). It’s not really a spoiler but in replace of H.S. Curie, etc.’s in-between entries, it is the Thunderhead’s consciousness. I always love all the questions that this series raises.
I was very hesitant picking up this book because the first book felt contained to me in terms of plot and world-building BUT THIS BOOK… fixed all those problems. I am so glad I picked up this book even though I screamed at my iPad twice while reading (in a good way). This book took me by surprise to say the least.
”If we were judged by the things that we most regret, no human being would be worthy to sweep the floor.”
I NEVER would have thought that this book would go down the road that it did. NEVER. In a million years. There is nothing else to say because I’d be spoiling you 🙂 Just know that I loved it.
THE WRITING STYLE IS MORE CREATIVE…
Neal Shusterman has a very unique writing style that will just suck you in. He did a really great job in making the Scytheverse deeper in this book and I feel more in touch with the world than in the previous book. The political system was better written here for me as well.
The change in POVs was very creative and were done in right times which I thought gave the story more depth.
The world is so well thought-of it in the sense of a world where everything is automated and there are no life threatening consequences anymore. It was also better than the first book (I’m sorry I keep repeating this but it’s true). We also get to read more of the different methods that Scythe’s choose to glean which I really appreciated because it made them feel more real to me in a way.
I CARE MORE ABOUT ROWAN AND CITRA NOW…
The character developments were so well done in this installment.
Rowan and Citra’s relationship in this book seemed to make more sense to me than their out-o-nowhere romance in Scythe where, in my opinion, it would have been better if they were left platonic. The romantic build up was not there for me in Scythe, but I found it okay now since they have more history. I finally started caring about their relationship now.
I also really liked Citra’s relationship with Scythe Curie. The development was so well done and the timing just right. I didn’t expect for them to have the relationship they had but I was there for it ❤ It warmed my heart.
There were also some new and interesting characters that were introduced. There were old characters that were put to good use in the plot. It honestly gave more depth to this world and added to the creativity.
MORALITY OF A HUMAN BEING…
There were so many questions about morality and they were explored so creatively that I was shocked in the best way possible. I don’t know explain those kinds of themes but this series really is thought-provoking
The pacing was PERFECT and fast paced which was perfect for my reading style. Once I start reading, I can’t stop. It’s just that intriguing!! AND I NEED MORE!!
FIRST INSTALLMENT IN THE “THUNDERHEAD” SERIES