The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow --- Teen Book Review

16/10/2017

Posted on behalf of Dalia.H., Carlingwood Teen Advisory Group member.

Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules is a new view on the dystopian genre. While the world the story is set in is dystopian the ideas surrounding it are about peace. Talis, an AI who runs the world demands hostages from those who wish to hold power. Talis does this in hopes of stopping wars and genocides so that they may live a world of peace.

 

Greta Gustafsen Stuart is one of the hostages. She has been since she was five and, she will be one until she is 18. Life as a hostage has always been peaceful, quiet, boring. 

The only time that changes is when a swan rider, one of Talis’ people is sent to kill a hostage. Hostages are only killed if their parents declare war, which is a very rare occurrence. And so life is peaceful. Life is peaceful until a new hostage appears. Which is a very very rare occurrence. Elián is not like the rest of the hostages he is disobedient, loud, and fun. He is rebellious and unique in a way that Greta has never seen. He is as intriguing as he is dangerous. Which is to say extremely.

 

Their lands are at war and one wrong move can send the children to their deaths. Greta has always been prepared to die, and is willing to go for her land. Elián has never been prepared to die, and he will not go down without a fight.

 

What happens in a world run by an AI? Will war be declared? Will peace be made?

 

Don't miss out! Erin Bow will be in Ottawa later this week for our 8th annual Teen Author Fest.

Image: The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules

By Bow, Erin
Image: The Scorpion Rules

The Scorpion Rules

By Bow, Erin