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The Scorpion Rules

by Erin Bow

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An intriguing premise, but the weird twist at the end ruined it for me. Why would you need to become AI, if you were just going to keep using your body once it was enhanced anyway? Choppy reader, too.
  LibraryGirl11 | Aug 14, 2017 |
RGG: Well-done YA sci-fi. Interesting combination of politics, AI, and strong female characters. A minor plot point about questionning sexuality and a off-camera lesbian romance. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Jul 17, 2017 |
RGG: Well-done YA sci-fi. Interesting combination of politics, AI, and strong female characters. A minor plot point about questionning sexuality and a off-camera lesbian romance. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Jul 17, 2017 |
This was an incredible book - heartbreaking and brutal, not gratuitously, but as much as it needed to be. Greta is one of the Children of Peace, hostages of the world's leaders who live in the Precepture in Saskatchewan. If their country goes to war, they die. It's one of the Utterances of Talis, the AI who rules the world - "Make it personal." Talis's scheme works to keep wars rare, but in a world where water grows scarcer by the day, Greta knows that, sooner or later, her mother's kingdom will go to war to defend Lake Huron, and she is going to die. The arrival of Elián, the hostage from the newly-formed Cumberland Alliance, shakes the Precepture and Greta's perception of the world - and her willingness to go peacefully to her doom.

There are a lot of ideas in this book: AI threat, water wars, population devastation, extreme solutions to the age-old problem of war. And they're all secondary to Greta, who is an amazing character, someone who's walked blindly for most of her life through a horrible, unfair, heartless system that she grows to believe is *not* the inevitable way the world has to work. It's gorgeously written (the last couple of chapters in particular) and the characterization is impeccable. ( )
  jen.e.moore | May 18, 2017 |
Four centuries after an artificial intelligence named Talis conquered the world, the United Nations keeps the peace by holding the world leaders' children hostage. If war breaks out, the children die. Talis's hostage, Crown Princess Greta, is resigned to the death that will claim her if she fails to reach her 18th birthday. But a hostage boy from a new American alliance stirs rebellion in Greta when he takes a stand. ( )
  ShellyPYA | Apr 13, 2017 |
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