Book Review | The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

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The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 22nd, 2015
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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Summary: The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?

Greta is a duchess and crown princess—and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.

Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under—and to her own power.

As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both—unless she can find a way to break all the rules.

Review: I liked that this book was set in Canada. It’s kind of rare as most books are set in the U.S. or Europe. The first sentences of the prologue bring you right in, “Once Upon a Time, at the End of the World“. I wish I could say that the story continued to captivate my attention but it did not. It was a disappointment.

I was excited to see this book on Book Outlet because it was their “main feature”. The cover drew me in as well so I purchased it.

The characters were diverse but were very flat. The romance was dull if you could call the romance “romance”. There was a love triangle formed but it wasn’t the standard two boys after one girl. It was a girl with one boy and one girl. It was nice to see a lesbian aspect forming but that also just fell flat. It came out of nowhere and really made no sense.

The writing did nothing for me. I could sense that she was trying to create these metaphors but it didn’t do anything for me. I felt very bored while reading but I hate not finishing books so I carried on.

It seemed like they took key elements for certain characters and shoved into the story and didn’t figure it out from there and just hoped it worked.

Sadly this was a miss for me.

Rating: 2/5 stars!

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