title: THE SCORPION RULES
author: Erin Bow
genre/audience: YA sci-fi
published: September 22nd, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
**note: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest feedback.
I can honestly say that this was one of the most interesting books that I have read all year—maybe even in a few years. I raced through to finish it because the premise was absolutely intriguing, and brought to mind one of my favorite scenes from the book *All Quiet on the Western Front*. In AQOtWF, the characters (soldiers) discuss the nature of war and one suggests that the world leaders fight one another to decide the outcome of conflicts instead of countless soldiers fighting one another.
I desperately wanted to fall in love with the characters in SCORPION RULES—after all, most of them are stuck in a cruel sort of limbo that is not in their making, held hostage until they come of age and are released back to their home kingdoms. But I read to the end because I was curious about how the plot would resolve, not because I loved Greta or Elian. Talis was nothing if not wrenchingly wry and entertaining, and brought a spark of life to a story that seemed strangely sterile.
That may have been because the setting was confined to the Precepture. I understood why that was, but it made the action sluggish and I caught myself skimming in places.
That being said, the concept was really very imaginative. Readers ready to venture into light sci-fi fare might enjoy this, as well as readers of YA who also enjoy the ‘original’ dystopians—1984 and FAHRENHEIT 451.