To be honest, it took a bit for "Thunderhead" to click with me, but my son kept saying, "wait for it, just wait, you'll know when it happens." Well, it just happened and now I'm looking at the clock because there is no way I'm putting this down now. It's going to be a long night!
4 HOURS LATER: For me, "Scythe" felt very much like Citra's story, so for "Thunderhead" I kept waiting for development for Rowan. We see a little of him as Scythe Lucifer, but supporting characters got a lot more time. And Rowan's plot certainly happens but it's far later in the book than I was expecting. Instead, we are introduced to another character, Grayson Tolliver, who serves some greater purpose. So his chapters, and another side plot, just felt like they derailed the momentum at times and it would take several chapters before we were back with Rowan. So the pacing was just slightly off, but not too much to take away an entire star. But the ending more than made up for the slower start...WOW!!! I agree with my son that this was an excellent read, maybe not my best read of the year as he's declaring, but Arc of a Scythe and Neal Shusterman are one of my best discoveries of 2018. Now both he and I are sitting here processing the novel, that ending, and agonizing over how long we'll have to wait for the finale.
P.S. I would like to start the campaign for a prequel about Scythe Curie's early days.