Monday, October 24, 2016

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow - ADVISABLE

Bow, Erin The Swan Riders (Scorpion Rules #2), 376 pages.  McElderry (Simon) 2016.  $18.  Language: PG-13 (25+ swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG (implied sex); Violence: PG-13 (torture, fighting).

Greta has become and AI, but she has a long way to travel, both physically and emotionally before she will be in a safe place.  Along the journey, she and Talis are betrayed by their Swan Rider companions, and Talis is injured in a way that he cannot upload back into  his AI body – he is stuck as a lowly human, scrambling across the territory to the Swan Rider refuge.  Even there, however, there is danger.  The Swan Riders are playing a desperate game that has been long in the planning and both Greta and Talis are part of the solution – if Talis can actually listen instead of reacting.

Bow has taken a sharp turn with this second book.  It took me a while to settle in, confused by the direction, but I was oh so glad that I persisted, because the last quarter of the book was highly satisfying.

MS – OPTIONAL; HS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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