Giveaway: THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman

Today we are delighted to be partnering with Simon & Schuster to share a giveaway of Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series! Thea was a huge fan of Scythe (book 1 in the series), and so was ecstatic when we had the chance to participate in this giveaway.

About the Books:

Scythe (Book 1)

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

Thunderhead (Book 2)

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

The second book in a new series from Neal Shusterman, Thunderhead is available from Simon & Schuster. Get it in stores January 9th, 2018.

About the Author:

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at and

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Enter The Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive a Live As If You’ll Never Be Gleaned prize package, including:

  • Copies of Scythe and Thunderhead
  • Plus a 2018 planner and colorful pen set to kick-start the new year!

The giveaway is open to US addresses only; all prizing and samples provided by Simon & Schuster. In order to enter for a chance to win, use the form below. The giveaway will be open until Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 12:01am EST. Good luck!

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And stick around for later in the week, when Thea reviews Thunderhead!


  • Kara
    January 8, 2018 at 12:12 am

    I haven’t really read much specifically about the end of human mortality (but the end of humans, yes). Looking forward to reading Scythe and Thunderhead.

  • John Smith
    January 8, 2018 at 1:07 am

    “What’s your favorite story about the end of human mortality?” My favorite story? I’m not sure I know any stories! Maybe I saw that as a temporary thing on an episode of “Supernatural” once!

  • Anonymous
    January 8, 2018 at 6:13 am

    I’m not sure if these books portrayed the very end of human mortality, but McCarthy’s The Road and Heller’s The Dog Stars were memorable reads.

  • Micah
    January 8, 2018 at 7:54 am

    What’s your favorite story about the end of human mortality?

    Not sure if this book counts, but the Book Thief is the first book I read that blatantly foretold the death of a character and didn’t shy away from it!

  • Angie J
    January 8, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Nothing comes to mind about the end of human mortality. Maybe I’m reading too much into the question.
    Btw, Scythe was an excellent book! I can’t wait to read Thunderhead.

  • Pam Blome
    January 8, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Not sure that I’ve read any books before about the end of mortality; I looked at Postmortal, but haven’t read it yet.

  • Lexi
    January 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I also cannot think of a book that falls in this category.

  • Anonymous
    January 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Gotta go with Good Omens – or Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

  • Wren
    January 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Gotta go with Good Omens – or Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

  • Jordan Rose
    January 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I can’t think of many books about the end of human mortality off the top of my head other than Scythe! I do recall a story in Gulliver’s Travels that where the people were immortal, but that’s all I’m getting right now. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I cannot wait for Thunderhead!

  • Trey Palmer
    January 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    The end of human mortality?
    Hmm, lots of SF that dealt with it pretty explicitly (Westerfeld’s Risen Empire series, Between the Strokes of Night by Charles Sheffield, Ganymede Club also by Sheffield, Linda Nagata’s Tech Heaven series) and some where it’s ‘kind of happening’ due to uploads and interstellar travel (Accelerando, Glasshouse, House of Suns, Quantum Thief).
    Which one is my favorite? Hard call, but I’d probably go with Quantum Thief these days moving over to the Ganymede Club.

  • Anonymous
    January 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    This is a difficult question to answer, however I think I go with the Uglies series.

  • Chris Bails
    January 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I can’t think of any that I have read. Great covers

  • Karen Maldonado
    January 10, 2018 at 12:27 am

    At the top of my head at this moment, In The After by Demitria Lunetta. It was interesting and it had a twist.

  • Anonymous
    January 10, 2018 at 2:40 am

    There’s a short story by Neil Gaiman about a drug that cures diseases and effectively causes immortality but also changes the recipient’s sex every time they take it. It was interesting, and I did enjoy it at the time, but I suspect it hasn’t aged well. The “punchline” of the story is beautifully written, but implies that by giving up gender and mortality, humanity has ceased being human. It’s left ambiguous if this is a good or a bad thing.

  • Hannah H
    January 10, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Shoot, sorry- the comment above this is mine

  • Jessica J
    January 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, not exactly the end of human morality but I don’t the parents have any morality left. They decide to use one child to save another, Ana was born to save Kate. Honestly the book/movie wasn’t very good but can we honestly justify what the parents are doing? When does it stop? We see the parents morals pushed to the limit, and doesn’t change until one child dies.

  • Sharon
    January 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Hm, I first thought of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which isn’t exactly that, but has enough ongoing regeneration that people have started cryogenically freezing themselves with a timer set for when the sun is predicted to go supernova. That was pretty dark. But if it counts, I’d pick a TV show instead of a book–Torchwood: Miracle Day.

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  • bn100
    January 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    can’t think of any

  • Elizabeth J
    January 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin is one example I can think of in Science Fiction. Any book that discusses what human nature is and how it affects humans doing anything, specifically colonizing a planet in this book, is a good read.

  • Samantha D
    January 20, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Dust of 100 Dogs! A woman is cursed to remember her human past and be reincarnated 100 times as a dog. Once that’s up she gets to live as a human again.

  • Cindy
    January 20, 2018 at 8:49 am

    The Giver is a favorite, and the closest to end of mortality that I can think of right now. Technically they still age and die, but the old ones are “sent away” and death is not part of their daily lives or something they even know about.

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