Once upon a time, at the end of the world, we were going to kill ourselves. We were killing each other for natural resources and in the process the human race was going to go extinct. Then one day a United Nations’ AI, named Talis, in charge of conflict abatement, started blowing up cities. Well that got everyone’s attention.
Four hundred years later, an ancient method of keeping peace, the exchange of hostages, had been in place by Talis, the supreme leader of the world. The Children of Peace – sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals – are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. If a country declares war, these hostages are the first to die.
Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation was born to be a hostage. She accepts this until Elián Palnik, the Precepture’s newest hostage and biggest problem, enters her life. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains.
Also enter the worst love triangle in the history of the world. Talis and this whole hostage situation is awesome. Bow does a phenomenal job setting up this universe. The concept of Talis and how he rules the world is genius. Greta going from sheep to leader is great. This is clearly Bow’s forte. Chemistry between characters is a huge weakness for Bow. I liked and appreciate the fact that Bow did not go for the ‘traditional’ love triangle. YAY, something new! However, the lack of chemistry or evoking any kind of emotion from the ‘drama’ of the love triangle just caused it to be cringle worthy. Honestly, it could have been completely eliminated and this story would have still kicked butt. Over all, I really liked this but I didn’t love it like I wanted to.
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow comes out September 22, 2015. I believe this is the first book in the series.