The Scorpion Rules
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2015-09-22
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
"The Scorpion Rules" sat on my TBR list for a long time because I felt it was going to be grim and I didn't feel up to it. It is grim but it is also a beautifully told story about really bad things. The basic premise is that, 400 years before the story, a (formally human) AI, Talis, took over the ...
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A very interesting and different take on the popular dystopian genre. A little dull for me to thoroughly enjoyed but I did like the complexity of the evil leader and the fact that it is that different from the hundreds of other dystopian novels out there. The U.N has been taken over by the evil r...
DNF at page 186. I snagged a copy from Netgalley with one of those read now for first five hundred member emails. I didn't get very far. I liked it initially, but couldn't seem to get into it. Sometimes with me, I just can't read certain things on kindle so I stuck it back on my Tbr list and bough...
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