Book Review: The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2)

Posted September 19, 2016 in 3 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Review: The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2)The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Series: Prisoners of Peace #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published On: September 20, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia
Maturity Level: YA - some violence, no sexual content
3 Stars
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world.

But the new technology is also killing her.

Greta is only sixteen years old, but her new enhancements are burning through her mortal body at an alarming rate. Of course the leader of the AIs, an ancient and compelling artificial intelligence named Talis, has a plan. Greta can simply do what he’s done when the time comes, and take over the body of one of the Swan Riders, the utterly loyal humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.

First though, Greta will have to find a way to stay sane inside her new self. Talis’s plan for that involves a road trip. Escorted by Swan Riders, Greta and Talis set out on a horseback journey across the strange and not-quite-deserted landscape of Saskatchewan. But there are other people interested in Greta, people who want to change the world…and the Swan Riders might not be as loyal as they appear…


This is a series that I want to like SO BADLY and I think that’s messing with my thoughts a bit. I really love the concept of this book. Not many dystopia books have AI in them. I think it’s really cool that computers could take over the world (I mean realistically they won’t but it’s cool). I love that there’s basically this super computer guy who riles the entire world. I think it’s also really cool how he rules with fear. People are terrified he’s going to bomb their cities so they mostly stay in line.

My favourite part of this book was Talis. He’s the super computer guy I was talking to you about. He kind of acts like a human, if a human was super smart and had no emotions. I love how sarcastic he is and I think it’s hilarious. Greta isn’t bad for a character either. She’s strong but can be really stupid sometimes. In this book she’s transitioning from human to computer (I don’t understand it either) so she’s a little messed up. We see her old personality from the previous book as well as a new personality from being all knowing.


This would be a much better books if I could understand anything that’s happening at any point. Seriously though. I don’t know how people understand what’s going on. Or maybe they don’t but that doesn’t bother them as much as it does me. It drives me crazy when I don’t get something. The biggest point I couldn’t wrap my head around was that somehow humans became AI. There was some kind of surgery and BAM, they’re no longer human. They often have some human characteristics but they’re basically a human/computer mix. I think? I don’t really know. That’s the biggest thing that bothered me. I just didn’t understand the concept even though it’s a cool one.

Also the swan riders are humans but they have some kind of computer embedded into them so that an AI can “borrow” their body. It’s very strange but cool though, once again, I don’t understand how it works. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I need to understand how something could possibly work. When something doesn’t make sense it’s all I can focus on. This was a good book but I just felt lost most of the time and could have used with some more blunt descriptions.


This is a book I’d recommend to people who are looking for something different. It’s not all that similar to anything I’ve read before. It’s a dystopia book but there’s actually a lot of science in here (without being too scientific) and I think there’s a lot of really interesting things happening.


This book was just as good as the first book. I didn’t understand most of what was happening sadly enough, but it’s a really interesting concept.


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