Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin BowTitle:  The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1)
Author: Erin Bow
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 22, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow is a dystopian novel not to be missed. It has got an original concept, a strong female character and really beautiful writing. I recommend that everyone read this book because it is definitely one of the most unique and thought provoking books of this year!

I love the concept of The Scorpion Rules! Basically, all the royal children are taken as hostages. If war begins in their country, the hostages will die. This concept is so original and described so well that the reader can easily visualize the setting and story. Sometimes in a novel, if a concept is so detailed, the book doesn’t live up to my expectations, but Erin Bow pulled off The Scorpion Rules really well! I loved every detail about this wonderfully crafted book.

Greta is a really superb main character for The Scorpion Rules. She knows that she could die at any minute if her parents break the peace, yet she is completely accepting of this fact. Greta doesn’t whine or complain about how difficult her life is, which I really enjoyed about her. She is strong and can take care of herself. I definitely recommend this to fans of books with strong female characters.

One of my favourite things about The Scorpion Rules is Erin Bow’s beautiful writing. Everything is so descriptive and I can easily picture myself in the book. Every character is so well developed, even the side characters! Because of the way it is written, even the dark elements in the book are extraordinary. I actually attended a writing workshop with Erin Bow a few years ago and I can see how her process has really come to life in The Scorpion Rules. I’m sure that everyone will enjoy this jewel of a book!

The Scorpion Rules has a very unique concept, a brave and strong main character, and is written extremely well. This is a must-read for every dystopian fan out there! I can’t wait for this book to come out so I that can fangirl with everyone!

About Erin Bow

Erin Bow

Erin Bow is the author of The Scorpion Rules, which received three starred reviews and was a Kirkus ReviewsBest Book of the Year and it’s sequel, The Swan Riders, which received two starred reviews. She also wrote the acclaimed Russian-flavored fantasy Plain Kate, which received two starred reviews and was a YALSA Best Book of the Year, and the terrifying YA ghost story Sorrow’s Knot, which received five starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.

7 thoughts on “Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    This book sounds really good, and I am a huge fan of the cover. I am wary of dystopians because so many of them are so similar,, but this sounds very unique and definitely interesting. I am going to have to check it out!

  2. sydneyeditor1 says:

    When I first saw this, I immediately thought of Hunger Games — which kinda threw me off it a bit. Is it similar in any way?

    • Candid Cover says:

      I actually didn’t see any similarities between the two books. The synopsis does sort of make it seem like The Hunger Games, but the only similarity I could find was the survival aspect. I loved this book and hope you do too! 🙂

  3. Olivia Roach says:

    I am so glad to know you were able to enjoy this book so much! I know I have been hearing about it quite a bit, but no one has mentioned the beautiful writing before. I am someone who falls in love with that kind of writing, so it makes me happy to know you have been able to enjoy it :3 I’ve also been having a hard time finding some dystopian that keeps me intrigued, so I look forward to this one.

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