Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules is set in a near-post-apocalyptic future. After environmental disasters and devastating wars almost wiped out humanity, an Artificial Intelligence, called Talis, achieves world domination and world peace by forcing all of its territories’ rulers to exchange hostages. A child from each territory (usually the ruler’s son or daughter) must be held hostage at one of Talis’s schools (called Preceptures), governed by A.I. agents, until he or she turns eighteen, to be harmed or even killed if his or her country incites conflict.
Greta is the Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy (formerly Canada) and a Child of Peace. While she wants to live long enough to gain her freedom from the Precepture, she understands she must accept all punishments–even death–without putting up a fight. That’s until Elian (a rebellious hostage from a new American alliance) arrives at her school, and she and the other hostages start challenging the A.I. agents’ authority. But what if the new American alliance rebels against the Pan Polar Confederacy? How will Elian and Greta survive?
Like The Scorpion Rules, Mercedes Lackey’s Hunter (Hunter #1) depicts a treacherous, post-disaster future. The barriers between our world and the Otherworld have opened (called the Diseray), mythical monsters roam the earth, destroying cities, and humanity’s survival depends on the Hunters, a group of magically-gifted, monster-fighting teens.
Since childhood, sixteen-year-old Joy has trained as a Hunter, with Mexican- and Tibetan-inspired magic, weapons, and a pack of supernatural hounds. She lives in a small, isolated mountain village, far away from the capital, Apex City, and its enclosed communities of wealthy civilians. When her uncle (the Prefect) summons her to the capital to join the best Hunters, she becomes a reality TV celebrity, with millions of fans watching her protect capital civilians (called Cits) from monster attacks. But are the Cits really as safe as they are led to believe?
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