Tawney Thursday: The Scorpion Rules

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Scorpion Rules
  • Series: Prisoners of Peace
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 22, 2015)

Goodreads Description:

A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Precepture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace, even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive.  

Enter Elián Palnik, the Precepture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Precepture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages. 

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nation
s inch closer to war?

Tawney's Review: 

This book had me entranced from the very beginning.

An AI takes over the world due to humanities ruthless killing  of each other and the world. The AI takes hostage the children of world leaders. A very interesting concept.  Declare war and your child dies!

Princess Greta is our MC and one of the many hostages. Her country is on the verge of war for water with a neighboring  country. Her life depends on her mother, the Queen, declaring war! So basically, if a world leader starts a war, they loose a child. 

This books is more of a psychological thriller than action packed. And that's a good thing! We watched what happens to the hostages through Greta's eyes. At first Greta is complacent, following the rules but soon a spark emerges and she fights back. That spark might be in the form of a new hostage who refuses to die peacefully.

The one character I really liked was the AI himself. He had a wicked humor, very dark. Reminded me of Red from the series Black List. He had this laid back personality that becomes really human. For some reason I just love the bad guys. He kept the story moving and the pace fast with his interaction with Greta and other hostages. 

The world building was great. Erin did a wonderful job at bringing all the characters together. Though we don't see much of the outside world, the idea is there. No boring info dumping here.  It was a very intriguing  dystopian story. 

There were twists and turns with a fabulous ending. I highly recommend this read and am excited for the sequel. 


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