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The House of the Scorpion Hardcover – September 1, 2002
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Nancy Farmer, a two-time Newbery honoree, surpasses even her marvelous novel, The Ear, The Eye and the Arm in the breathless action and fascinating characters of The House of the Scorpion. Readers will be reminded of Orson Scott Card's Ender in Matt's persistence and courage in the face of a world that intends to use him for its own purposes, and of Louis Sachar's Holes in the camaraderie of imprisoned boys and the layers of meaning embedded in this irresistibly compelling story. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell
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The Lord of Opium, sequel to The House of the Scorpion, will be published in Fall 2013.
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"So many hints! So many clues! Like a pebble that starts an avalanche, Matt's fear shook loose more and more memories. Why had Tam Lin given him a chest full of supplies and maps? Why had Maria run from him when they found MacGregor's clone in the hospital? Because she knew! They all knew!"
The characters never are able to tell Matt directly what he so desperately wants to know.
"They're looking for you everywhere.....They've sent bodyguards to comb the stables and fields..... `Why are they looking for me?' (Matt desperately wants to know.) `You have to know. Tam Lin said you were too clever not to figure it out.' Matt felt turned to stone. The bodyguard evidently gave him more credit than he deserved. Matt hadn't figured it out- not really-until a few minutes ago."
Although this book has a science fictional flair to it, it appeals to a wider range of readers including those who enjoy suspense and mysteries.Read more ›
The story unfolds gradually, as we learn about Matt and his life as a clone, a second-class citizen, growing up in the sprawling mansion of rich and powerful feudal drug lord El Patron, the man from whose DNA Matt was cloned. Matt is unsure of his place in the world, and he needs to learn about the inner workings of the household and its members, the robot-like people who farm opium, the politics of the land El Patron rules between the US and Mexico, as well as Matt's own purpose in life (why did El Patron make a clone? Is Matt his ultimate heir or is there a darker purpose?). The reader is along for Matt's journey of self-discovery, as he figures out who to trust and where the real truth lies. Along the way, Matt finds love as well as boyhood friendship and bonding.
There's an important lesson in here about the fate of those who grow up inside cults: When Matt figures out what is right and wrong in the world, will he be able to make the right choice and reject the powerful but evil man who brought him into this world? What if your hero is a kind man to you, but reviled by the rest of the world?
Another interesting aspect of the story is the way the future echoes the past.Read more ›
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This is an amazing story. I've never been into this type of book but I had to read it since it is a reading novel in my class and I loved it! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Both the concept and the slow, patient world building make this novel a must read. Set sometime in the future, a country called Opium sits between Mexico and the US. Read morePublished 17 days ago by PJ Robins
I gave it five stars because there was a lot of action and humor. I don't really like science fiction books and I really liked this one😍🌟👍👍👍👍👏👏👏Published 25 days ago by kid
This was really, really good! I love dystopian fiction - the book left me hanging at the end though, dying to see what will happen next.. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer