Bound To Stay Bound

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 Scorpion rules (Prisoners Of Peace)
 Author: Bow, Erin

 Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 374 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 139202 ISBN: 9781481442718
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Children of heads of state -- Fiction
 Insurgency -- Fiction
 Hostages -- Fiction
 Artificial intelligence -- Fiction
 Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction

Price: $11.47

The teenage princess of a future-world Canadian superpower, where royal children are held hostage to keep their countries from waging war, falls in love with an American prince who rebels against the brutal rules governing their existences.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 176565
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 21.0   Quiz: 66366

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 Gr 9 Up—Talis's first rule for stopping war is to make it personal. The powerful AI ensures the world's leaders know the exact cost of any declaration of war by taking their children hostage as Children of Peace. If war is declared, the lives of both nation's hostages are forfeit. Greta Gustafson Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederation, is a seventh generation hostage at Precepture Four where she has lived most of her life. She embodies the ideals of the Children of Peace and knows to follow the rules even with her country on the brink of war. New hostage Elián Palnik refuses to accept any of the tenets of the Children of Peace, causing Greta to question everything she believes. Masterful, electric prose and wit make even the hardest moments bearable in this work as Greta and her friends endure countless hardships with the grace and aplomb befitting the world's future leaders. Bow weaves together science, ethics, and humor in this science fiction novel that delves deep into the human condition and questions the nature of choice and what must be sacrificed for the sake of the greater good. This book is further strengthened by a diverse, memorable cast of characters with realistically complicated relationships (romantic and platonic), brilliant plotting, and shocking twists. Guaranteed to have high appeal on many levels. VERDICT Bow delivers a knockout dystopian novel that readers will devour with their hearts in their mouths.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 08/01/2015 In the future, Talis (once human, now AI) rules the world, and peace is maintained by holding world leaders’ children hostage in Preceptures until their eighteenth birthdays. These Children of Peace, including roommates Greta and Xie, are educated to rule, and they never consider challenging the system until Elian, a new hostage, arrives. Greta feels as if she has been awakened to possibilities—political, personal, and sexual—by both Elian and Xie, but when Elian’s grandmother blasts into their Precepture to use Greta for political ends, everything changes. Peace now hinges on whether or not Greta will agree to become AI herself. Bow has crafted an authentic sci-fi narrative around the AI premise, utilizing an imaginative world and well-developed characters. Through Greta’s conflicts, the author explores what it means to be human and gives readers a glimpse inside the mind of artificial intelligence. Fans of Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey will appreciate this novel, which paves the way for a sequel. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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