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The House of the Scorpion


From the unique combination of the timelessness of an old and seemingly forgotten world deftly mixed with the futuristic reality of a brave new world comes a chilling tale of ethics and mortality that is thought provoking and macabre, and yet strangly fascinating...Is this the way of the future? Matt is six years old when he discovers that he is different from other children, from other people. To most people Matt isn't a boy, but a beast, dirty and disgusting. But to El Patron, lord of a country called Opium, Matt is the guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself - for Matt is himself. They share the same DNA. As Matt struggles to understand his existence and what that existence trully means, he is threatened by a host of sinister and manipulating characters, from El Patron's power-hungry family to the brain-deadened eejits and mindless slaves that toil Opium's poppy fields. Surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards, Matt longs for escape. But even escape is no guarantee of freedom because Matt is marked but his difference in ways that he doesn't even suspect. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
April M

great science fiction fantasy

by April M on Aug 13, 2012

futuristic...with cloning as the "norm" for rich people...poor people as always the peasants....the dilema comes from the clone's point of view...wonderful book,,,unusually dark and realistic for a young adults book...but thought provoking all-the-same....April M More

by lunafish on Sep 23, 2009

I loved The House of the Scorpion. It is science fiction that reads like an adventure story, with edge-of-your-seat plot twists and captivating suspense. Farmer does an excellent job of creating vibrant, believable characters and showing both the good and bad traits of each one. I devoured every chapter ... More


House of Scorpion - STING ME!

by BaJaMomma on Feb 21, 2009

Wow! What an adventure(s)! Nancy Farmer is brilliant in exposing controversial issues in a colorful, very alive, action packed novel. Written for a young teen audience... well maybe. Adults of any age will be captivated. Topics exposed include; cloning, racism, prejudice, drug abuse, and ... More


A terrific book for all ages!

by Hebes on 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 ... More

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