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Author: Neal Shusterman
This is the 2nd book in the Scythe series. Since I liked the first one so much, I read the second one.
Our girl Citra is now a Scythe. She has taken the name Scythe Anasthasia, and she has decided to stay with Scythe Curie while she is a junior Scythe. Rowan has become Scythe Lucifer - an unofficial Scythe who has taken upon himself to kill Scythe's that he feels are unjust. So far he has avoided capture but has caught the attention of the entire Sycthdome.
A year has passed since the first book ended. Anasthasia has found her rhythm. Rowan is being hunted. The Thunderhead cannot interfere in Scythe activities, but it doesn't like what it is seeing. Anasthasia is challenging the "new order" of Scythes and soon her life, and the life of Scythe Curie is threatened. The Thunderhead cannot intervene directly, but it knows it is must. It finds a way to intervene without actually speaking to any Scythes. The Thunderhead starts to worry more and more about human behavior and what is happening in the blind spots of the world. The Thunderhead is trying to decide if it should take action when it feels like humans cannot take care of themselves.
This book was almost as good as the first. The world building continues. We see what kind of Scythe Anasthasia has decided to become. Faraday has returned but remains underground. Only a handful of people know he is alive. The Scythes become a divided front - half want to have less regulations when it comes to gleaning and the other half want to follow the old ways - the old rules. Half of scythes are worried that unlimited gleaning could lead to disaster - not just population control.
Shusterman left us with a heavy, heavy cliff hanger. We came to the top of a very steep hill at the end of the book - a lot of peopel are dead - a lot of things were left unanswered. Let's hope that since Thunderhead was written last January, that the 3rd book will be coming out soon. I have to know how this one ends!