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The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace) von…
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The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace) (2015. Auflage)

von Erin Bow (Autor)

Reihen: Prisoners of Peace (1)

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The teenage princess of a future-world Canadian superpower, where royal children are held hostage to keep their countries from waging war, falls in love with an American prince who rebels against the brutal rules governing their existences.
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Titel:The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace)
Autoren:Erin Bow (Autor)
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2015), 384 pages
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The Scorpion Rules von Erin Bow

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Dear Simon & Schuster, who sent me this advance copy: thank you for nothing. Now I have to endure what will be at least a year (probably two) before I can get my grimy hands on the sequel to this. Yes, I entered the giveaway so I brought this on myself but some sort of warning label (especially for those with heart conditions who could die from the anticipaction) should have plastered the cover...

On a painfully realized dystopian earth, nations submit to control by UN robots who were formerly human and each country's leader sends thier children to be raised in a robot-monitored boarding school-cum-hippie farming commune, where they serve as hostages against the possibility of more wars. Princess Greta lives in one of these prefectures in the wilds of Saskatchewan with her cohort of six, plus the younger children of other world leaders, some comic livestock and plenty of disciplinarian spider bots. This is the set up for the most amazingly marvelous sci-fi tale I have read in years. By turns horrifying and hysterically absurd, Greta's journey of self-realization is twined with the arrival of reality in a very tangible way for the whole class.

I already started to read it again. Erin Bow needs to be my new best friend immediately so I can steal a draft of the next volume when she isn't looking. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
So this was interesting. I'm hoping that the story is going somewhere and the second book will reveal all. I want to give this a higher rating. But I just don't really see the point the plot is trying to make yet. That's why I'm hoping book 2 will clear it up for me. As it is, the best I can say for it is that its interesting. Maybe the audio version was part of the problem. I'll being reading the physical version for book 2 so maybe that will help? ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
This is, to date, the only YA book I have read as an adult and enjoyed. This is because it avoids many of the common pitfalls I have seen in other YA.

The protagonist is not special among her peers. She has no relevant special abilities and there is no reason to believe any of them would not have done as well.

The protagonist only succeeds because of the support of her friends. She does not do anything alone, and relies on them just as much as they rely on her.

The antagonists (including the dystopian government) all have realistic and understandable motivations. The dystopian aspect is lifted directly from history and seems like an understandable reaction to legitimate concerns (albeit not an ethical reaction).

Realistic trauma responses!! The characters actually act like real traumatized people, and their trauma is not used for audience titillation.

No love triangles. The protagonist is in love with a peer. Another peer has a crush on her, but is rejected fairly early on and they become close platonic friends. Did I mention that I loved the depiction of genuine, mutual friendship?

Beautiful descriptions and visuals. I think this book would make a great movie; but even in book form it did a fantastic job capturing the feel of the North American Great Plains, as well as the more fantastic elements.

Real consequences. Everything the characters do has real consequences that are given weight. Nothing is conveniently ignored or forgiven without reason.

If all YA were like this, I would read the genre more. ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
Hmmm, gosh. I don't really know what to say about this one.

I guess I should start by saying, I liked it. The concept is A and I felt it started off incredibly strong. There were some shining characters (Talis, Elian, Xie) and while our protagonist Greta has her moments there was quite a bit left to be desired. Especially, as we are experiencing the story from her POV. The diversity was fantastic and as it should be in a story that focuses on children from all over the globe. I had a love hate relationship with the character of Talis. Part of me disliked how colloquial he was, he's an AI after all (and ruler of the world), but I can't deny he was a fascinating, exciting, and dare I say likable character.

The world building fell flat for me and I would have appreciated some more descriptive language as I struggled to picture the essential elements of the story. I still haven't figured out what Father Abbot looked like, was he robot or human with robot parts? There was a huge focus on the agricultural life of the children and while it certainly helped with the world building, most scenes seemed unnecessary.

The love story was....okay. I didn't really feel the love triangle was necessary and would have been more satisfied had Elian and Greta remained close friends without random kissing thrown in. I understand the importance of introducing a bi YA protagonist but there wasn't enough room in this story for the love triangle to develop in a way that made it palatable.

Overall, it didn't seem like all that much happened. There were very few dramatic moments or Aha! scenarios which allow you to root for the protagonist. Greta was an incredibly admirable brave young woman who could have been more.

All in all, I praise Bow for introducing a rather sophisticated, sci-fi heavy dystopian YA that felt new and fresh...I just don't think I'll be rushing to read the second book in the series when it hits the shelves.

And look at that, I had quite a bit to say.

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  mackinsquash | Aug 15, 2020 |
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