Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!
This week I am waiting for:
Author: Erin Bow
Expected publication: September 22nd 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
My name is Greta Gustafsen Stuart, and there are three things you need to know about me.
The first is that I am royalty: Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy.
The second follows from the first: I am a hostage to peace. My nation is on the brink of war, and if we tip over that brink, my life will be forfeit. The Swan Riders will come, and they will kill me.
But here is the third thing to know about me: I am, as I tell myself daily, not afraid
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 Preceptures. 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?
If you read the synopsis to The Scorpion Rules then I don’t feel the need to elaborate why I want to read this book. This sounds so amazing that I don’t think that I can actually put it to words how much I need to have this book in my hands right now! Why do I have to wait until September 22nd?!