This is what I received in my mailbox this week. This week I received a free review copy of “The Scorpion Rules” by Erin Bow and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books. I also received a copy of Steve Richards’ “Levitation” published by Weiser Books.
I want to thank the publishers for these awesome books.
The Scorpion Rules
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 Pan Polar 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’s 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 eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture. 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.
Levitation—is it possible? Can human beings really leave the ground through the power of the mind alone? How can this extraordinary defiance of gravitational force be induced at will? These are some of the questions answered in this startling book that lays bare the occult meditational techniques by which the mind can lift the body off the ground.
This book gives you the facts, the history, the controversies, the theories, and, above all, the centuries old secrets of levitation that have remained in the hands of a few adepts—until now. It is an essential guide for anyone interested in the power of the mind, the legends of the East, Transcendental Meditation, the occult, and metaphysical practices.