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What book am I eagerly anticipating at this moment? Why it just so happens to be…
The Scorpion Rules
by Erin Bow
Releases September 22nd, 2015 from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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 Prefectures. 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 Prefecture. 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 Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’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?
In a dystopian earth where there are kings and queens, nations try to avoid war by keeping their children as hostages. If one country decides to do something another country doesn’t like, that former country’s child goes kaput. This sounds like it could be an excellent political story. I saw this book in a lot of people’s BEA hauls, and it really interested me. I’m looking forward to reading it!
Are you looking forward to reading The Scorpion Rules?
What can’t you wait to read right now?