Scythe ★★☆☆☆

28954189Neal Shusterman’s Scythe is a tale of humans conquering death, and taking the matter of population control into the hands of the scythes, a group of men and women entrusted with the power of permanent death. I’ve always been a fan of Shusterman’s work–I loved his Unwind series and Everlost–but Scythe was lacking something I desperately needed in a book, which ultimately turned me away from this series.

Thou shalt kill.

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.

Citra and Rowan are both present when a scythe comes to call for someone they know, and through that they’re both brought on as that scythe’s apprentices. They then learn the art of killing, and are privy to more knowledge and information than they ever have before.

But as their apprenticeship is a rather unconventional one, it comes with a stipulation: only one will receive their hood and scythe and as their first act within the scythedom they must kill their peer. This is, obviously, a problem as both Citra and Rowan start to fall for the other, despite strict rules that they can’t.

There’s a lot of time spent on building the world of this book, to the point where it was practically pure exposition in every chapter. I didn’t feel connected enough to either character because we very rarely get to see them in action, and only see them as shadows and students.

Shusterman has a great track record of incredibly complex and deep characters that are easy to relate to, but that seemed to have been lost in Scythe. The book was borderline boring to the point where I felt I had to force myself to finish–“Just one more page, and I’ll be that much closer to the end”–in order to justify buying the book.

I hope that Shusterman’s future works have their old spark back, and in which case I will very happily return to his world of words.

Of Printers and Paupers


I’m in my third lab on campus which is either having a problem with the printer connection or just has no printer period. I actually remembered to print out my assignment at home but I had some things that I wanted to print out for a club meeting this evening.  Which obviously is not going to happen now unless I can get over to a lab with a printer.

frustration_2This really makes me want to pull my hair out. Come on, Rowan! It’s the first couple of weeks and you already have printer issues? It’s not even like these printers are out of paper by the way. These printers aren’t hooked up. Why is there an entire lab worth of computers not hooked up to the printer.

That’s a fail on you Rowan. Super Fail.

And these poor students in this lab now have to wait until 4:45 when there is a grand 15 minutes before their class to go print in the lab across the hall. Grrrr on you Rowan.

Rowan Archery Fudraiser

This is a message for all of my followers. Rowan Archery is a new club and as such we do not recieve funding from the school. We are running a booster campaign to sell T-shirts to help promote the club and to raise money for a number of things we need. Archery is an expensive sport and while we do have some spare club bows and arrows we do not have target butts, stands, uniforms, or even extra safety equipment like arm guards and finger tabs. Our first fundraiser, a fitness challenge, did not get a great turn out and so we are now trying again to raise some funds.
Next semester we will have on campis practice space but nothing to shoot at. Please, buy a t-shirt from the link provided below and help support Rowan Archery and get us off the ground. The shirts will be printed on May 1st and should be shipped to you by May 14th. Our Booster closed on April 30th so please make sure to buy one before then!