The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #1)| REVIEW

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #1)
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 7th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback

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The Scorpion RulesGreta 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.


3 Stars

First Line:

Once upon a time, at the end of the world.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟         ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

No, blowing up cities doesn’t work, not in the long term. You’ve got to find something that the people in charge aren’t willing to give up. A price they aren’t willing to pay.

Which leads us to Talis’s first rule for stopping wars: make it personal.

The Scorpion Rules – Erin Bow

The Good

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow was definitely an interesting read for me. I’m a bit confused still even after reading it to be honest, but that’s not a bad thing. It follows Greta, a Child of Peace in a dystopian future of Canada. A world ruled by an AI, Talis as he tries to keep the peace among warring nations.

I loved that this book got a cover change. I disliked the previous cover and I can say that was one of the reasons I never picked the book up to begin with. But with this new cover it definitely drew me in to give it another shot!

I loved Greta as a character. All her life she knew that there was a chance that she was going to die as a Child of Peace. Let me explain what that means. So all the ruling nations of the world must give up their heir to Talis the AI. They live on a precepture with all the other children until they turn 18 and can return to their nations. The purpose behind this is to try and prevent the nations from going to war because if they do their child and only heir will die. Now flash forward back to Greta. She is strong, and intelligent and a natural born leader. I love how she interacts with the other children and friends, as well as her budding romance with Da Xia.

Talis on the other hand was the life of this book. You only hear of him in the beginning half of the book through reciting of his laws, and they were sassy as hell. Then by the last half of the book he makes his appearance through one of his Swan Riders (he took over her body with his operating system). Let me tell you, he doesn’t disappoint. He is just as sassy in person as he is in his law making.

Everyone needs to read this book, even just to meet Talis. He will by far go down as one of my favorite villain type characters!

I wished for impossible things. It was never going to have been a fairy tale for us. There are no fairy tales about two princesses.

The Scorpion Rules – Erin Bow

The Bad

There was nothing inherently wrong with this The Scorpion Rules, but I did find a couple of disappointments. One being the plot and pacing. I thought it was very dry and slow at times. I mean it spends a lot of time farming and playing around with goats. Yes I’m being serious.

Unfortunately Bow’s writing didn’t quite sit well with me. It felt a little all over the place in certain chapters then others and left me confused a lot of the time. It was quite unique, but it just didn’t work for me.

The love triangle was a bit exhausting at times as well. But I did like that Greta made a decision in the end and we were left hanging with who she might end up with.

Let me tell you something that I learned from my youth, from a sage called the Road Runner. You can walk off a cliff and the air will hold you. Only, don’t look down.

The Scorpion Rules – Erin Bow

Like I said before, there was nothing out rightly wrong with this, it just didn’t blow me away. I did enjoy it as a whole though and will definitely be picking up the sequel! Let me know what you guys thought of The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3




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 wrote a book about Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy: THE SCORPION RULES, Simon & Schuster Fall 2015
4. I wrote a not-at-all-cute book with a talking cat in it: PLAIN KATE (called WOOD ANGEL in the UK), Scholastic Fall 2010
5. I wrote a book about cat’s cradles that can repel spirit zombies: SORROW’S KNOT, Scholastic Fall 2013
6. All these books will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.
7. I think Hufflepuff is the best house, Xander was the best Scoobie, Five was the best Doctor, and Spock was the best everything.
8. I am married to another novelist, and we can actually pay our bills.
9. My daughters want to be scientists.
10. My bookshelves will always be full.


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

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