Waiting On Wednesday: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that we're excited about! It's a fun way to share with others the books that you're eagerly awaiting to be released and you are excited about. This week's pre-publication that "I-Can't-Wait-To-Read" selection is:

The Scorpion Rules
by Erin Bow
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 22nd 2015
by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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?

Sorrow's Knot is my first reading experience with Erin Bow, and what an amazing experience it was. I gave it 5 stars! You can see my review here. The writing was so vivid and compelling that I literally fell into the world she created and did not want to leave. Otter is such an amazing heroine and such a unique story! I really would love to experience some more of Erin Bow's great writing. THE SCORPION RULES sounds fantastic and I can't wait to see how Erin turns her pen towards an action & survival story.