Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
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 Prefectures.
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. (Goodreads)
Things really take off from there, with action, intrigue, and a few surprises along the way!
Really enjoyed the world that Bow created! Some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a little more, but there weren’t any I didn’t like.
Have to admit that one of my favorite characters was Talis, the AI who put the Children of Peace system in place. He’s a little snarky and his quotes are sometimes too funny! I guess that some people would look upon him as a bad guy, but he did save the world and introduce peace, so we should probably cut him some slack.
Thought that this was a unique concept that was well written, with decent pacing and good wordplay. Really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the sequel!