Series: Prisoners of Peace
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)
Rating: 1 star
Cover Rating: <3 <3
In the future, the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage—if a war begins, they pay with their lives.
Greta is the Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy, a superpower formed of modern-day Canada. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. The hostages are Talis’s strategy to keep the peace: if her country enters a war, Greta dies.
The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered.
Greta will be free if she can make it to her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture. He’s a hostage from a new American alliance, and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives—and is severely punished for it. Greta is furious that Elian has disrupted their quiet, structured world. But slowly, his rebellion opens her eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under, and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power.
Then Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s and invades the prefecture, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious, and coming himself to mete out punishment. Which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed…unless Greta can think of a way to save them.
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As I type up this review for The Scorpion Rules, I’m baffled by some of the glowing reviews. I keep questioning myself, worrying if I’ve gone mad. Wondering if I’ve imagined reading such a tedious and boring book. Maybe in some ways I’m like Alice, falling down the rabbit hole into some strange land where a 5 star review actually means that the books are horrid, while a 1 star review means the book is fucking amazing. That’s the only conclusion I can come up with because there is no way in hell that people think that The Scorpion Rules is a good book. I must has gone mad. Yes that’s it. I’ve gone mad and there’s no coming back.
Unless I’ve read a different book with the same title. There are plenty of books with the same title. Because certainly the book that I’ve read; the one called The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow isn’t the same one that is getting all these glowing and raving reviews. The book I’ve read was boring, with flat characters and a mediocre attempt at trying to be diverse. I’ll give the author an A for effort but sweetie you’re like a majority of the authors that’s riding this money train known as diversity.
Just because you have different nationalities in your book doesn’t make you diverse. Making your character like a girl and a boy doesn’t mean that your book is diverse. No darling it comes off as a gimmick. One that epically fails and someone should have been a dear and told you that before you decided to write this snooze-fest.
I can easily sum up The Scorpion Rules in five bullet points.
- Global Warming
- Boring as hell
- Love Triangle
And there you have it my friends. The Scorpion Rules in nutshell. I get that the author tried was something unique in YA but it’s still the same dystopian driven plot-line were that one person step up and resist against the government. Or in this case Rage Against the Machine. From there like dominos everyone else wants to join in the fight but by that time it’s too late and I don’t give a damn if you live or die. I just want to be done with this book so that I can move on the next.
So if you like boring flat characters with a confusing plot-line and you’re still into the whole dystopian thing I highly recommend this book. Just don’t expect too many scorpions.
P.S. There is a lot about goats. I mean a lot about fucking goats. From goat sex to goat rape. Like ewwwww. Seriously it should have called The Goats Rules! Like fuck this book and the time that was wasted reading it.