Friday, 25 September 2015

Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules
by Erin Bow
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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 nations inch closer to war?

*Note: This review has been shortened in order to prevent spoilers*

I hate to break this to you under these circumstances, really truly I do, but...The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow is a book you can't miss. Really. Next time you're at a book store, even a large retailer that also happens to have a book section,  and you see this book - buy it, read it, relish in all it's epicness. After all of that's been done, come back and thank me. Really. Cupcakes are good, too.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart is the Duchess of Halifax and the Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation - she's also a child of peace. Being taken from her family, she has gracefully accepted that someday if her family so chooses to declare war, that her life be forfeit.  The same goes for all the other children in the isolated schools called Preceptures. However, when Elian Palnik arrives, a new hostage at the Precepture, Greta's entire world begins to tilt.

To prevent spoilers from leaking all over the place, I'll be keeping my review short and simple - if I could give this book 5 goats stuck in a tree out of 5, I would. However, since my rating system is solely dedicated to cupcakes, I'll have to award Erin Bow's The Scorpion Rules a complete delicious cupcake rating. Truly, I'm not sure why I'm surprised that Erin's latest wowed me, she's always wowed me!

With a crazy terminator feel, The Scorpion Rules was phenomenal. Erin's wide collection of diverse characters was refreshing, innovative, and imaginative - quite possibly the most unique characters I've ever read. Seriously, Greta was amazing! Furthermore, the story was incredible and emotionally captivating, a  title that focuses on serious issues disguised as a simple young adult book. In conclusion, Erin Bow is an author not worth missing out on.

Rating: 5/5 Cupcakes - Highly Recommended

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  1. I "just" picked up my copy of Scorpion Rules. 5 goats stuck in a tree? Curious to learn what that's all about lol!

  2. So excited for this!

  3. excellent review cupcake queen
    i hope to read this sometime soon

  4. Can't say I've heard of The scorpion rules before. Nice to know it's good.