The Scorpion Rules (Erin Bow, 2015)

scorpion rules

Why did you choose this book?

It was surrounded by a lot of book buzz.  Seriously, I heard about this everywhere.

What’s it about?

It’s about a dystopian future.  After the ice caps melted, cities flooded and there were serious water shortages.  The world dissolved into war.  To combat this, an AI named Talis took over and established Preceptures.  The ruling power of each country would send the heir to a Precepture, and the heir would be killed if the country went to war.  This system worked fairly well, until now…

Categories

Teen, dystopian

Other recommended reads?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Final thoughts?

I loved Greta’s character – she was a strong female, but still had her faults.  Some aspects of the book were a bit on the brutal side.  I have never read a book with a strong robot element before, and I’m intrigued.  I loved the character of the Abbot.  Possible spoiler – an AI Class Two is a robot with a consciousness that was once embodied in a person.  Some of these transitions were successful (such as Talis and the Abbot) and some were not.  I want to know more about Talis and the Abbot before they became AI.  I cried at one point – let me know where this book hits you.  I have a feeling it has emotional plot points for everyone and they’re all in different places.  Here’s hoping for a sequel…

Up next?

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

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