In the highly anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy, dictators, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that’s conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created?
Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him?
The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.
When Citra and Rowan are discovered preserved in the wreckage of Endura, three years after the events of Thunderhead, they awaken to find that megalomaniacal Scythe Faraday is now Overblade of all North Merica and is consolidating power worldwide. Citra must convince the world of Faraday's villainy, while Rowan, universally despised as the destroyer of Endura, must simply survive. Meanwhile, Greyson Tolliver, the only human to whom the nearly omnipotent AI known as the Thunderhead will talk, has become the Toll, spiritual leader to the oppressed Tonist religion, as the Thunderhead secretly works to build something game-changing on the remote Marshall Atolls. Some previously central characters, particularly Rowan, take on smaller roles, while others, including Greyson and a hypercompetent, genderfluid sea captain named Jerico Soberanis, are given space to charm. The stellar conclusion to Shusterman's Arc of a Scythe trilogy is a gripping adventure that never stops building momentum as it refocuses the books on a grander scale. With a surprising amount of humor for the large body count, it elevates and deepens the series with a gently optimistic examination of the fine human line between utopia and dystopia. Ages 12 up.
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I cried at the end especially when Rowan made the decision to stay alive for 117 years and then turn a corner. I really wanted him to stay in the cold with Citra.. but that didn’t happen. I definitely cried at the end when Citra said “When was that” and Rowan said “Only a moment ago” .On the upside I was glad Rand put Tyger back together and finally got rid of Goddard. I was also pleased with the joke “Only idiots build walls” 😂. Overall it was an emotionally book. I’m still recovering from the pain and saddens me to think that I will never read from Citra or Rowans p.o.v again.
Unique and Captivating
A truly wonderful end with unpredictable turns throughout. I’ve loved this trilogy throughout, and Shusterman ends it eloquently. Thank you for this story!
I saw other reviews complaining about gender fluidity being added to the third book, and i think that it made it a whole lot better. very different than what i expected, but i couldn’t be happier with the ending!