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The Scorpion Rules

Book 1, Prisoners of Peace

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The children of world leaders are held hostage in an attempt to keep the peace in this “slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel.

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Start a war and your hostage 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. His rebellion opens Greta’s 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 deliver punishment. Which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed...unless Greta can think of a way to break all the rules.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 15, 2015 – In this gripping dystopian adventure, Bow (Sorrow's Knot) explores the price of power. Four centuries after an AI known as Talis took over the world to prevent humanity from wiping itself out, civilization has splintered into smaller territories, held in line through Talis's orbital cannons, AI agents, and one simple philosophy: make it personal. Every would-be ruler must send a child to one of Talis's Preceptures as a hostage, to be slain if his or her country acts up. One such hostage is Greta, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy. Her daily routine is thrown into confusion when a new hostage joins her Precepture. Eli n has no intention of playing along, and his arrival threatens to change everything. Greta's pragmatic, reserved, yet passionate voice commands attention from the start, but in many ways it's Talis, an AI with a sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic, that makes the story. Bow continually yanks the rug out from under readers, defying expectations as she crafts a masterly story with a diverse cast, shocking twists, and gut-punching emotional moments. Ages 14 up.

Customer Reviews

Good idea, horrible execution

The idea of this story is compelling and intriguing, but the author completely ruined it with poor writing, horrid plot choices, and a total lack of clarity. Don't waste your time or money unless you enjoy being frustrated by a good story idea turned bad.

Wasn't ready

I could've gone without the Da Xie and Greta thing........

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The Scorpion Rules
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  • $8.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi
  • Published: Sep 22, 2015
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Prisoners of Peace
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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