What do you do when your country is on the brink of war and your daughter is about to die because of it?
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow is a young adult dystopian about a world where war comes at a price.
“The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?
Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.
Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.
As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.”
When I first heard the storyline, I wanted to read the book immediately. The plot and characters sounded like a political/rebel story that would keep me on my toes. This was not the case with this book.
The story started off grabbing your attention as we meet the characters and the hostage situation they are forced into. But, I never got the spark that fully captivated me. You know when you read a book and you wait for it to start to pick up speed and you become fully immersed as a reader? ..I could not find that spark throughout the whole book.
The Scorpion Rules received a 2 out of 5 stars from me. I felt bored all throughout the story. There were a couple times where I contemplated whether or not to continue reading, but I pushed through to see if I could get into the book.
The characters had potential to excite the story, but I just was not a fan of how the story played out. It was nothing of what I expected it to be which was full of action and more politically-based dilemmas. What was kind of a first for me was that for some reason I always pictured the characters being around the middle-grade age and not the teenagers most of them were to be.
I think that for some readers, this could be a great book to read, but it just was not for me.
More Book Information:
Published: 22 September 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
How I Read It: Hardcover
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