The Scorpion Rules
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 ...more
Alternative suggestions: When my kids were 10-12 years old they also loved Rick Riordan's books (all of his YA series. Actually, they still love them). Here are a few of the other fantasy books and series they've really loved at that age:
Brandon Mull's Fablehaven and Candy Shop war series
C.S. Lewis' Narnia series
M.L. Forman's Adventurers Wanted series
Shannon Hale's Princess Academy series
Cornelia Funke, Dragon Rider
Ingrid Law, Savvy (there's also at least one more book)
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl series
These might be a better bet for an 11 y/o. Hope this is helpful!
Because you know exactly what this is, right? You've read the description and you think you know what’s coming, don't you? A future world where an evil tyrant has taken over and enforced a set of crazy rules. A future world through the eyes of a female narrator who becomes irrevocably changed when a new boy comes into her life. You ...more
A sonic boom....more
It crashed into us like a slap to the ear. The stuck goat shouted. From the trees all around, loose apples pattered down. Grego bolted for the edge of the grove, leaving Atta alone with the ladder.
We all wanted to go with him, of course, but—
“Wait! The goat!” I called.
My classmates stopped and turned and looked at me. On their faces, varying degrees of annoyance, resignation, and respect
“Did you know, the man who invented the atomic bomb once said that keeping peace through deterrence was like keeping two scorpions in one bottle? You can picture that, right? They know they can't sting without getting stung. They can't kill without getting killed. And you'd think that would stop them." He gave the book another boot, and it flipped closed with a snick. "But it doesn't." He looked up and his eyes were the color of Cherenkov radiation, the color of an orbital weapon. "You've got...more
4/4.5 stars. Welcome to my Unpopular Opinion Review of the month! (alright, I'm writing "unpopular opinion" reviews more often than that, BUT let's be honest, usually it's the other way around). What this means is : if you hated The Scorpion Rules, you might find me too lenient. Hello you! If you loved The Scorpion Rules, you might be happy to hear that no, you're not alone. Hello you! If you haven't read The Scorpion Rules, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and come back to tell me which ...more
It wasn’t a global war — more a global series of regional wars. We called them the War Storms. They were bad. The water reserves gave out, the food supplies collapsed, and everybody caught these exciting new diseases, which is one of those fun side effects of climate shift that we didn’t pay enough attention to in the planning stages. I saw the plague pits, I saw the starving armies, and eventually I…
Well, it was my job, wasn’t it? I saved you.
Oh. My. God.
Although I love a lot of books, I am ...more
Erin Bow is a fine writer, but I guess she needs to eat too. Reading this novel was like reading something written to a certain request - a request to create another "bestseller" with a high concept and wide appeal. There was no life, excitement or surprise in the story, just one familiar trope after another. It started with a bit of Hunger ...more
"You sound exactly like a textbook, do you know that?" he said. "It's amazing."
Took the words right out of my mouth. It's amazing The Scorpion Rules has managed to take an high-concept dystopian plot and mutilate it into bland, soulless mush. There's no spirit in this book. No soul, no spark.
It started awesome. Talis, the UN ambassador who ceased war in the Before, was narrating and the guy is charismatic as hell. He's snarky, morally dubious, and basically everything I want in an ...more
Sit down, kiddies. Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, humans were killing each other so fast that total extinction was looking possible, and it was my job to stop them....more
Well, I say “my job.” I sort of took it upon myself. Expanded my portfolio a bit. I guess that surprised people. I don’t know how it surprised people — I mean, if they’d been paying the slightest bit of attention they’d have known that AIs have this built-in tendency
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: 1 star
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 Prefectures. There, they ...more
I love the concept of the Scorpion Rules! Basically, all the royal children are taken as hostages. If war begins in their country, the hostages will die. This concept is so original and described so well that the reader can ...more
Once upon a time (or, four hundred years ago), the world literally went to shit. Climatic catastrophes, wars and plagues raged until an artificial intelligence named Talis got fed up and took charge of the world’s weapons system and turned them against the warring nations. But the threat of annihilation wasn’t enough – the AI did not want to keep destroying entire cities after all – so Talis made it more complicated. Talis made it personal.
He (it?) created the Children of Peace. Each ...more
Even though the Scorpion Rules is set in a post-apocalyptic world where children of world leaders are held hostage to prevent war, the book is super entertaining. And, although Talis is a genocidal merciless AI overlord, it's really hard to hate a villain who makes sex jokes, references Star Wars, pats heavily armed enemy soldiers on the heads like puppies, and has strangely paternal feelings towards the heroine. I'm not saying I forgive Talis for murdering millions of ...more
“Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, humans were killing each other so fast that total extinction was looking possible, and it was my job to stop them.”
This book should have worked. It had an exceptionally clever premise, diverse characters, and a unique romance. Unfortunately, I found it to be pretty boring.
The Scorpion Rules takes place in a world governed by an artificial intelligence known as Talis. In order to keep the peace between countries and make sure war is never declared, ...more
It's lethally simple: world leaders have to surrender their kids, and if they declare war, the kids are killed by the AI who now controls the weapons platforms of the world.
I think this book would be upsetting for younger readers, as the kids in jeopardy are really in danger of their lives. Including little ones. You find that out in the first few ...more
A few centuries in the future, the world has suffered terrible catastrophe due to global warming: The poles melted, fresh water became scarce, and war after war was fought. Then an AI called Talis gained control, and a sort of peace. But the peace is twisted, dependent on the willingness of world leaders to sacrifice a beloved child in exchange for the right to declare war....more
They’re more willing than you’d like, if you were one of those children.
Her Royal Highness, Greta Gustafson Stuart,
For four hundred years an AI named Talis has kept the peace on Earth by requiring all the world's leaders to surrender their children to be educated and raised in an isolated Precepture run by AIs. These Children of Peace are blood hostages, and their lives are immediately forfeit should any of their respective countries engage in war with the other. Talis maintains tight control over this system, and ...more
The problem with The Scorpion Rules is that this book has no plot. And that it is boring and the characters are flat. And the story is a mess. I honestly struggled through this book, I believed that one more page and real story will begin. I read 50% of the book and nothing happened. When things started to move at least, they were incredibly slow and still, it felt like nothing was happening. And by this time I was done and did not care about the story or characters at all. And...more
This is not that book. This a YA book with guts and soul and vision. This is a future that you might call a quiet nightmare of tyranny, or you might just call it inevitable.
Some years from now, humans will attempt to achieve immortality by uploading their consciousnesses into hardware, ...more
The world building is astonishing. Erin Bow has created not only an entirely believable future, but also an entirely believable set of characters to fill it. You can *smell* the goats when you read it. And the politics! My heart, the politics.
I can't even tell you about the most amazing part, though, because that wouldn't be fair to you. You ...more
Ok, the first thing I need to say is that I LOVED Greta, the narrator and protagonist. The main reason for this is that she. was. dutiful. and. responsible. The entire novel is about her willingness to die for and be useful to the ~tyrannical system~ because she knows it generally works to keep the peace. This is so ...more
Okay, all you need to know about The Scorpion Rules is that you need to read it. I wish I could write beautiful all-encompassing review about this mind-blowing book but I don't have the necessary skills. Please read the book, it's unique, gripping and thought-provoking.
The fact that I can't write reviews hasn't stopped me yet, so...
The Scorpion Rules is a wild mix of politicals schemes and plottings, thriller and sci-fi. Future Earth is ruled by all-powerful AI ...more
1. I'm a physicist turned poet turned YA novelist.
2. I am world-famous in Canada, which is kind of like being world-famous in real life.
3. I write books for young readers and people like me who didn't grow up. All my books will either will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.
4. I needed WHERE THE ...more