September 12, 2015

DNF Review: The Scorpion Rules

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The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Grade: DNF
Release date: September 22, 2015
An e-galley was provided by Simon & Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Prefectures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war.

Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace — even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive. 

Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages. 

What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?

When did I stop reading?: 20% into my e-galley
Why didn't I finish?: I was bored.

The Longer Review: This book has such a cool concept. But it just wasn't doing it for me. I was so bored. Nothing exciting enough was happening. There was too much and yet not enough world-building. I wasn't invested in any of the characters.

The Verdict: If you're willing to struggle through, maybe y'all will have better success with this one than I did. Otherwise, I'd pass on this one.

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