The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace #2)
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
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Greta Stuart had always known her future: die young. She was her country’s crown princess, and also its hostage, destined to be the first casualty in an inevitable war. But when the war came it broke all the rules, and Greta forged a different path.
She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.
If she can survive the transition, Greta will earn a place alongside Talis, the AI who rules the world. Talis is a big believer in peace through superior firepower. But some problems are too personal to obliterate from orbit, and for those there are the Swan Riders: a small band of humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.
Now two of the Swan Riders are escorting Talis and Greta across post-apocalyptic Saskatchewan. But Greta’s fate has stirred her nation into open rebellion, and the dry grassland may hide insurgents who want to rescue her – or see her killed. Including Elian, the boy she saved—the boy who wants to change the world, with a knife if necessary. Even the infinitely loyal Swan Riders may not be everything they seem.
Greta’s fate—and the fate of her world—are balanced on the edge of a knife in this smart, sly, electrifying adventure.
*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK ONE: THE SCORPION RULES ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**
* Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for a honest review *
One of the advantages of a purely mechanical body is that you can literally bang your head into things in frustration.
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The Swan Riders by Erin Bow is the sequel to The Scorpion Rules and the conclusion to the Prisoner’s of Peace duology. It literally picks up where the first book leaves off and takes us on a long a grueling journey of self discovery and what it means to be human. I definitely had a much better reading experience this time around and here is why:
First off I want to talk about the interesting plot, or lack there of. But I mean that in a good way. Through out the whole book there is a war of rebellion going on the in background, but the story doesn’t focus on overcoming that. The Swan Riders focuses on the characters and the struggles to stay human. It was not plot driven that’s for sure; definitely all about the characters.
Greta still remains one of my favorite aspects of the story. She is no longer human. She gave that right up at the end of The Scorpion Rules to save Elian. She is now AI (artificial intelligence). Now she is Talis’ most prized valuable. She goes through major growth moments over the course of the book and remains the strong and in control character I love.
Talis on the other hand does a total 180. We see him become human again. With that comes hardships and pain. He is dying now. I don’t think in the last 400 years has anyone seen Talis as vulnerable as he was in The Swan Riders. But I think that was such an important aspect to the story. We need to remind ourselves of where we come from and remember to stay humble in the process.
Bow knocks it out of the park with her writing. I was fully immersed within the story because of it. The way she weaves her scenes, characters and dialogue together was masterful. Where as I had some trouble following her writing in The Scorpion Rules, that was not the case this time around.
It was fun to read about a post apocalyptic Canada. The descriptions really made the world come alive for me. I thought it was very unique and creative. I loved the world Bow has created here.
I absolutely love the cover of The Swan Riders. It follows the redesigned look of The Scorpion Rules but switching out the scorpions for swans and using a very pretty blue as the background. It’s simple yet sci-fi looking which is totally fitting for this new world that Bow has built.
Sadly the romance level in The Swan Riders was rather dull. I get that it doesn’t play a huge role in the story, I just wish there was a little more of a spark between the love interest that played out this time around. Greta and Elian just have nothing going for them, especially since I felt more of spark between Greta and Xie from The Scorpion Rules. But that’s alright, it didn’t take away from my overall satisfaction of the book!
I am definitely satisfied with how the Prisoner’s of Peace has ended. It has left just enough open for you to wonder what’s next, but not enough for you to be pulling your hair out for the sake of it.
Let me know what you guys thought of The Swan Riders by Erin Bow! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
TEN THINGS ABOUT ME:
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.