Recommended Reading: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

As a writer that deals mainly in series work, I can tell you how hard it is to write a second book in a narrative. You have the pressure of not only living up to the original but not repeating yourself…without losing all the things that made readers love the first book. That’s why so many book and film sequels suck — because getting that mix right is a delicate thing.

I adored Scythe and genuinely feel it’s one of the best books I’ve read in years. It had a great climax, as well… so how do I feel that Shusterman did in terms of a follow-up?

Not bad. Not bad at all.

It’s not as clever as the first book… and some of the resurrections and reveals in this one strain credulity. But the main characters are once again written with panache and I continue to care greatly about them.

The ending of this one has a real The Empire Strikes Back feel to it in that things seem pretty dark but I’m sure that’s just setting things up for the third book. This continues to be a very vibrant world with tons of potential, not only for new stories to be told in prose but in television and even roleplaying games.

Highly recommended!