Book Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Summary: Greta is a Child Of Peace, one of the many children of world leaders who are held hostage by an Artificial Intelligence in a post-apocalyptic world to prevents wars between nations. As soon as she turns eighteen, she will be free to leave the Precepture where the children are kept. If she can survive that long. But when Elian arrives and defies the machines that control their lives and keep them in line, he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the rule they live under and she begins to learn more about her strength and power as her country and Elian’s declare war on one another – endangering both their lives and that of their nations.

Thoughts: I was instantly attracted to this book after reading the blurb. How could I not? It had everything I loved. Politics. Artificial Intelligence. Dystopian elements. War. Goats. Emphasis on GOATS! The first few chapters built the story up so well, and I was so sure that it would not disappoint me. Keeping aside the fact that it follows a trend very dormant in dystopian fiction: a stranger comes to a place where everyone is living contently and shows them that everything is not as it seems and they begin to see that he’s right and so on etc. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around most of the things that were happening. There were so many technical terms that made the book read like a political manifesto – which wasn’t a problem because they were all clear to me but they made the book read cold and technical and therefore I couldn’t empathize with the main character because of the lack of emotions and feelings and by the end of the book, there was little to no character development. Greta read more like an AI than the AI itself. In fact, some of the characters were set up earlier to read like they would be very important players in the plot, but they just fell short and lost their purpose. The secondary characters were confusing and I lost track of who was who because there was no way I could tell them apart. There was nothing to distinguish them in behavior, mannerism, patterns of speech etc. While I enjoyed some facets of the world-building, and maybe the main focus on this is one of the reasons why character and plot suffered, it was too simplistic and too confusing at the same time. I wanted to stop reading half-way through but I hate giving up on books and I always hold on to the hope that it would get better towards the end, and in this case, I was just relieved when I finished it and I don’t think I’d be picking up the sequel any time soon. And I hate that because I was really looking forward to more goats!

Stars: 2/5

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

    1. Same here. But then I decided to read it for myself and find out. You can give it a try. You might end up liking it but this isn’t a book I’d recommend and there are so many better books you could be reading!

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