Review of "The Scorpion Rules" By Erin Bow
This book makes me super uncomfortable, it is intense and reminds me of "The Hunger Games". You're hit right away with the intensity of the book and the subject it deals with, which is death, war, and loss of innocent lives. Children of world leaders and royalality are taken away to be raised by AI's (Artificial Intelligence 'Robots'), they control everything and know everything. If two countries go to war, then the hostages (children of the leaders) must die.
The story centres on Greta a princess of modern-day Canada. She is a child of peace kept in a special school with other children of peace. These children live with the fear that at any moment they can die. But then a boy called Elian comes and changes everything, opening Greta's eyes to her true desires, her wants, her needs, and most all, the need to live and escape. The world is ruled by the ruler of the world Talis, who shows no mercy and will do anything to keep the world at peace.
This book is super amazing, it leaves you with a painful feeling, it deals with such heavy content that even as an adult its hard to bear. It is a mix of "The Brave New World", "1984", "The Hunger Games", and "The Giver" with a bit of "Lilth's Brood" all mixed in; yet it is still unique and stands on its own. This book is meant to give you an uncomfortable feeling, it is also a call to action, a call for us to change our ways. Most importantly it is a call to maintain what makes us human no matter what. Our humanity is the only thing that will save us and it is also what will destroy us.
This book is simply one of the best I have read this year. It is moving in a very surprising way. It doesn't end the way you want it to end, yet it ends, and you will have an array of emotions that you might not understand.
In a weird way, it is a book ahead of its time, yet very suitable for the present. The characters feel so very real even if they aren't, you will be taken back by the way Bow writes. Bow writes so beautifully, her characters are very real and she allows you to feel everything each character feels. It is not a typical book, some may see it as a dystopia, some as just a sci-fi book, but honestly, it's up to the reader to decide.
I was moved heavily by the love story of this book, it was sweet and extremely bitter, sad, happy, and hopeless while hopeful. The book takes sudden twists and turns and at each turn, it asks you to come along for the ride, to understand. It does not end like a typical book. I honestly don't want to give anything away, but you just have to read this book, go read it, NOW!!!!
This book is the epitome of diversity, both in characters, author, andplot. I loved the diversity of this book, the history it gave us, the world it created and the people who live in it. I love that the characters were just as confused, sad, scared, hopeful, and angerd as I was. I loved the love story, I loved that it made me feel uncomfortable, shocked, happy, sad, surprised, and ultimately gave me an understanding.
Bow has set a new standard for YA, and everyone who reads this book will know it. She set a bar that people may not be able to reach. But the fear is what if people don't understand this book, what if its too different for them, this book will make you feel emotions that are often missing in YA novels. It doesn't adhere to the rules, plots, or characters. It goes beyond and beyond and beyond. You will have to digest this book for a while.
I hope people receive it with open arms, I hope they understand that this a true diamond in the rough and as I compared it to "The Brave New World", "1984", "The Hunger Games", and "The Giver" with a bit of "Lilth's Brood" it is still a very different book that speaks volumes. I would compare it to those books, and what I loved about those books are that they left me with questions, and this will too.
I'm still trying to process this book, it is a book that I will have to and want to read over and over and over again. I give this book 5 out 5.
Go pick this book up, it comes out September 22, 2015. Let me know what you think!
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