The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

Book - 2002
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In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2002.
ISBN: 9780689852220
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,24 cm.


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What would you do if you found out you were a clone? Not just any clone, but the clone of a 140-year-old, powerful drug lord who rules over a state tucked between Mexico and the United States. Matt is a young boy who has lived under Celia’s protection, but when he is discovered, he begins to learn more about the society that he lives in, and what his role is to be. Among the Eejits, zombie-like Opium workers, and a kindly body guard, this story thrilled me with all of its twists and turns! (submitted by SMC)

CoreneBee Apr 19, 2018

Wonderfully disturbing YA dystopia that is compulsively readable. Great for Hunger Games readers looking for their next read.

TSCPL_LissaS May 22, 2017

I read this as part of 2Book Topeka. I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, and I'm glad that I will have lots of opportunities to discuss it over the next few months. I'm thinking a lot about the issues of class, poverty and education that are woven into the exciting plot of the story. I have especially enjoyed reading through the author's responses to reader questions--

May 02, 2017

Fascinating book packed with interesting, and sometimes chilling, sci-fi concepts and their social implications. These are intertwined with the story of a boy growing up, seeking to know who he really is. I definitely recommend this book - especially for teen readers.

Very adventurous and wild. Easy to understand, weren't several ideas/stories being said all at once, one story at a time.
I liked how adventurous and problematic the situations were. The book is very straightforward and logical. It doesn't go into incredible amounts of detail and overall is a very fun book to read, relate to.
The plot was well thought out how El Patron had clones to enhance his health. This book made me realize clones are people too and he/she has as much value as a person. Tam Lim is my favourite character because he has such an interesting character. He seems physical on the outside but is actually quite emotional. Overall, this book is action packed, has a thirst for mischief, kinda sci-fi, history related. Highly recommended.
-From J.M.S.

Sep 02, 2015

boooo this book sucks never read it

Jul 11, 2015

Wow that book was great. I read it for a Sci-Fi unit we did at school and this book was a great choice. It even sounds like a warning to generations to come about corruption and what it can lead to.

Oct 21, 2014

This book was easily one of my favorite ones I've ever read period. It had me enraptured from the minute I picked it up. Anyone who likes action, thriller, suspense and sci-fi should definitely read this book.

Oct 17, 2014

Painful and amazing. Farmer has an incredible ability to create a series of detailed, believable worlds and to track a young man's moral development in each of them.

Jul 31, 2014

Really great book that I felt offered a good insight to differing political systems and also on the topic of human cloning. Very good read.

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People’s souls are like gardens. You can’t turn your back on someone because his garden’s full of weeds. You have to give him water and lots of sunshine.

Aug 04, 2013

'"Being a clone, you're different and a lot of people are afraid of you."'

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Aug 04, 2013

Matt is a clone who goes thought many struggles throughout his life. He strives to learn the mysteries that surround him and survive himself.


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