Monday January 22nd at our 18th St Store 6-8pm: NYC LAUNCH EVENT with NEAL SHUSTERMAN for THUNDERHEAD

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Books of Wonder welcomes back NEAL SHUSTERMAN for the second novel in the Scythe series, Thunderhead.

In the first installment in the Scythe Arc, we were introduced to a utopian future in which hunger, disease, war, misery. and even death have been eradicated. Scythes are the only ones who can end life in order to keep the size of the population under control. Two teens, Citra and Rowan, have been chosen to apprentice to become scythes — a role that neither wants. The teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own, but success will protect their loved ones from ever being "gleaned."

As this new book opens, Rowan and Citra find themselves on opposite sides concerning the morality of the Scythedom. Observing them both -- as well as all of humanity -- is the Thunderhead, the sentient being that has evolved from "the cloud" and contains all the knowledge and history of mankind. The Thunderhead is always watching and protecting humanity -- but may never interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe — and 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. Citra, now called Scythe Anastasia, gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order” who claim that gleaning should be done with passion and joy. But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that the "new order" is determined to stop her. Will the Thunderhead find a way to intervene without countermanding it's programming? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Brimming with imagination, intrigue and adventure, Thunderhead is an exciting, thought-provoking sequel that will keep your teen readers at the edge of their seats. Join us on Jan. 22nd at our 18 West 18th Street store as NEAL SHUSTERMAN discusses The Scythe Arc series, answers questions from the audience and signs copies of his books. There will also be a trivia quiz with posters for those who get the answers correct and buttons for all in attendance (while supplies last). Ages 12 and up. Monday, January 22nd. 6-8pm.

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