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The House of the Scorpion Paperback – May 1, 2004
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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 ›
"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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended to me by a friend with excellent taste. I devoured it in three days. It feels like the story is telling itself, letting the reader enter it with full... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Das Janssen
THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION surprised me. I picked this book up at the Tucson Festival of Books a few years ago because I heard Farmer speak on a panel and the book sounded... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Donna C
I read this book because my grandson was assigned it and I like to be able to talk about the books with him.
It was a great read. Read more
It started off awesome but was just dragging out during the second half. It does seem like it was made to be a movie.Published 22 days ago by Camille Young
I have read this book several times and it gets better every time. It addresses the present and future issues of drug cartels, slavery, cloning ethics and of course all the issues... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Catherine A. Lamb
This is an amazing book! House of the Scorpion is an absolute page-turner. All of the characters are very likable . I recommend this book. Definitely going to buy the sequel.Published 1 month ago by Janeen Gammage
Book arrived in good condition. Had to share it with a student so I definitely purchase again.Published 2 months ago by Yadira Sandoval
This is the first book of a series. It's good for any age from middle school to adult, and can generate conversation on the drug trade, slavery, personhood, genetic engineering,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Driscoll