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Title: The Scorpion RulesNovel Nuggets Button
Author: Erin Bow
ISBN: 9781481442718
No. of Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy
Origins: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: 22 September 2015


“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.”

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

From the opening sentence of this intense novel, readers know that they are in for a treat. Erin Bow’s latest novel throws out everything one expects from a dystopian young adult novel and completely rewrites the genre. Greta and her friends face a life which is practically unfathomable to anyone’s thought process, and Elian’s presence only serves to heighten the considerable tension that already exists at the Precepture. The use of AI and the omniscient Talis are both fascinating and utterly creepy at the human characteristics these mobile computer monitors present. On top of everything, Ms. Bow pulls no punches in detailing the risks and the fates of her characters. This story is not for the faint of heart. However, it is worth every squeamish, nerve-wracking moment for its fantastic tale of a world always on the brink of war and the spark that is set to ignite it all.


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