Thunderhead: Styled By Books + Giveaway

Today, I’m teaming up with Simon Teen to celebrate the recent release of Thunderhead, the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman. You can learn all about Scythe and its sequel Thunderhead (in stores now) below, plus enter for your chance to win copies of both books & a cool watch!

But first – I wanted to have a little fun with the new release, so I put together a Thunderhead-inspired Styled By Books for you!

I was inspired both by the colors on the cover of Thunderhead itself, and the dramatic hooded cloaks worn by the Scythes.

For my outfit, I paired a green dress (mine is from eShakti) with a long, black hooded coat (mine is this one, though I originally got mine at Torrid). And naturally, I had to throw the hood up in a few photos for a truly Scythe-worthy outfit!

Book #1: Scythe

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.

Book #2: Thunderhead

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?

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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

The Age of Mortality

The Scythes are immortal, but here time ticks away!

Read all you can while you can. One (1) winner receives:

To enter, tell us in the comments below what’s on your bucket list – then fill out the Rafflecopter form to complete your entry and earn more chances to win.

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Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only. Contest runs through midnight (PT) on Monday, January 22nd. Prizing and samples provided by Simon & Schuster.

36 thoughts on “Thunderhead: Styled By Books + Giveaway

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  1. I’m not sure I have a typical bucket list but I hope to travel someday, especially to the European countries. I still want to learn a musical instrument (probably piano) and learn Spanish. Thanks!

  2. This series sounds so good! It’s been on my wish list since Scythe came out. It sounds somewhat similar to Kim Harrison’s Once Dead, Twice Shy series(I can’t remember the name of the series if it had a different name than the first book) And I loved that series. The top of my bucket list has always been travel. It’s something I haven’t done much of and I’d love to explore other parts of the world!

  3. Oh, there are so many things on my bucket list! The first one, and the one I’m hoping to achieve sooner rather than later, is a degree in library science. Life is so hectic as an adult, as a parent, and time and money – the things most needed for a degree! – are always in short supply, but someday I’ll get there 🙂

    Thanks so much for the chance!

  4. One day I want to travel to the UK and go to Waterstones and buy all the special editions of the books I want, then I want to go to the Harry Potter world and experience the magic! Yup, I’m a bookish Potter head! Thanks so much!

  5. “Tell us in the comments what’s on your bucket list.” Writing a novel and painting a beautiful painting and having a long vacation or sojourn in Paris.

  6. One thing on my bucket list is to live in a different country for at least a year. I want to experience a different culture and hear all the tales whatever land I’m in has.

  7. Great question! There are SO many things I still want to do in this life: finish writing a book or 2; travel the country in a motorhome, with no deadlines or itinerary; buy my dream property; etc. But mostly, I want to see all my kids find fulfillment in their lives.
    Oh! And I don’t want to wear out all my organs- I hope maybe somebody else will get some use out of a few of them when I’m gone.

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