Prisoners of Peace

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

The Scorpion Rules Publisher's Summary

In the future the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage - if a war begins, they pay with their lives.

Greta is the crown princess of the Panpolar Confederacy, a superpower formed of modern-day Canada. She is also a child of peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world: the great artificial intelligence, Talis. The hostages are Talis' strategy to keep the peace: If her country enters a war, Greta dies.

The system has worked for centuries. Parents don't want to see their children murdered.

Greta will be free if she can make it to her 18th birthday. Until then, she is prepared to die with dignity if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the prefecture. He's a hostage from a new American alliance, and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives - and is severely punished for it. Greta is furious that Elian has disrupted their quiet, structured world. But slowly his rebellion opens her eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power.

Then Elian's country declares war on Greta's and invades the prefecture, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious and coming himself to mete out punishment - which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed...unless Greta can think of a way to save them.

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  • Book 1

    • The Scorpion Rules

    • By: Erin Bow
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    In the future the UN has brought back an ancient way to keep the peace. The children of world leaders are held hostage - if a war begins, they pay with their lives. Greta is the crown princess of the Panpolar Confederacy, a superpower formed of modern-day Canada. She is also a child of peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world: the great artificial intelligence, Talis. The hostages are Talis' strategy to keep the peace: If her country enters a war, Greta dies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very compelling book

    • By Lizzy on 11-14-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Swan Riders

    • By: Erin Bow
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world. But the new technology is also killing her. Greta is only 16 years old, but her new enhancements are burning through her mortal body at an alarming rate. Of course the leader of the AIs, an ancient and compelling artificial intelligence named Talis, has a plan.

    Regular price: $17.00