Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
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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And before you cry out in dismay, I will say it now: I LOVE THIS BOOK. Yeah, yeah, I know that gif screams anger and rage, but that’s directed to the EVIL PEOPLE IN THE BOOK. But this book is fabulouuuus. I wanted to murder every little people in this book who DARES hurt the children. And also those people who didn’t care that their kid was being killed because of their actions.
In case you did not understand the summary, The Scorpion Rules is about how one kid from each leader of a country has to be kept as leverage, so that there won’t be wars. I mean, who would choose war over their own kid, right? BUT NOOO, apparently, tons of people would. I was fuming while reading this book. But before I start ranting and spazzing about what I loved about this book, I have to say that there were certain parts that were a teeeeny bit disappointing.
The world-building confuses me. LIKE, I WAS REALLY CONFUSED. It wasn’t clearly written, and all the facts were placed in one chunk, such that I had to reread it slowly and over again, just to understand. And in actual fact, I am still confused HEHEHE. I mean, were they on an island? There didn’t seem to be any fences or gates or what, so why can’t one escape? WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THIS PLACE? So yeah, it wasn’t properly explained, and not just the world-building, to be honest. Basically, all the facts about the AIs, and stuffs.
BUT I definitely think that the story line itself was pretty brilliant. Plot-wise, it couldn’t be any better. And for a while there, there was a mixed line between the good guys and the bad guys, and I was definitely in the end, rooting for everyone. Talis was my favorite character, actually. He was sassy and funny, but he was also dangerous and one could DIE if they dare to cross him. He reminded me of Darkling from the Grisha trilogy.
ROMANCE. Aha, I almost forgot about the romance, but then again, this is one hell of a complicated mess. I mean, I couldn’t decide if there was a love triangle, or if the romance was something that died from the start? It was definitely a surprise to me, seeing who Greta fell for in the end.
I’m actually pretty curious to see how this series would continue on, because honestly? That ending sounds like a complete ending.