A terrific book for all ages! Oct 31, 2007
I read this book years ago and I'm still reading it. The story line is riveting; you can't put it down. It's also unexpected, and some parts may really surprise you. Even though it's about a young boy, the issues it explores make it really interesting. This book is set in the future, and the author has an interesting idea of how the world would be like. It's not like Brave New World or 1984 that are a bit 'extreme', it's more realistic. The boy, Matteo Alacran, is a very unique protagonist. He's a clone, for starters, and he lives in a country that's actually ruled by a drug lord, which is present-day Mexico. The book forces you to wonder about the morality of cloning people, and once we clone them, what do we do with them? What is the purpose of a clone? The author makes other predictions about the future world, such as Nigeria being No.1 because of its diamonds. Anyway, this book is really cool and will make you think about it long after you read it. I always tell the story orally to people who I know can't be bothered to read it, and they're always mesmerized! The author's style is really good too. It's impossible to describe this book as 'boring'.