The Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opium

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In 2137, fourteen-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of El Patrón, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9781442482548
1442482540
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 23 cm.

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mko123 Jun 07, 2018

In this dystopian future, drug kings rule, the earth is in ruin, and suddenly 14-year-old Matt is the new Lord of Opium. But Matt doesn't want to enslave people to the drug trade and ruin the natural world. Can Matt save his friends and turn bad into good? Clones, lobotomized humans, and treach... Read More »


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

The Lord of Opium, by Nancy Farmer is the long-awaited sequel to The House of
the Scorpion. (Please see my review) I would highly recommend that you read these
two books in order. I would categorize this sequel as sci-fi fantasy for grade 7 and up.
The year is 2137. Matteo “Matt” Alacran is the 14 year old clone of a powerful
drug lord named El Patron. El Patron ruled Opium, a strip of land between the USA and
Aztlan, formerly Mexico. Opium was created when El Patron made a deal with the USA
and Aztlan. The agreement was that El Patron would prevent illegal immigrants from
entering the USA and would not sell his opium to the Americans. Instead, El Patron
would sell his drugs overseas. In exchange, he was awarded a strip of land between
both countries called Opium. All of the illegal immigrants trying to enter the USA were
captured by El Patron. He turned each person into a zombie-like worker by injecting
them with a needle which took away their intelligence.

mko123 Jun 07, 2018

In this dystopian future, drug kings rule, the earth is in ruin, and suddenly 14-year-old Matt is the new Lord of Opium. But Matt doesn't want to enslave people to the drug trade and ruin the natural world. Can Matt save his friends and turn bad into good? Clones, lobotomized humans, and treacherous relationships abound in this novel. Science fiction buffs will find it not that far-fetched.

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nidofito
Jan 30, 2015

The only character I liked in this edition was the jefe. I feel like I shouldn't have waited so long to read "The Lord of Opium" as my book taste seems to have changed since I read its prequel. Not that the book was exceptionally good. It was anticlimactic and a bit of a let down tbh.

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Jalenesteve
Jul 16, 2014

I enjoyed this book, but I thought the ending could have been a little more spectacular. I liked the first one better.

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dixiedog
Oct 29, 2013

The Lord of Opium – Finally the sequel to Nancy Farmer’s multiple Award Winning ‘The House Of The Scorpion,’ was released and Ms. Farmer did not disappoint her fans. A must read for young adults. It begins a few hours after the final events in the first book. A five stars plus rating on my book rating scale. Warning, once you start this book you will not want to put it down. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

ChristchurchLib Oct 01, 2013

"El Patrón is dead, which makes his 14-year-old clone Matteo the new Lord of the country of Opium. Matt has been reclassified as human, but he still has to cure the other clones (mind-controlled "eejits" who provide Opium's slave labour), as well as dismantle Opium's drug trade and plant new crops to revitalise Earth's ravaged environment. Fans of sophisticated science fiction will be captivated by the "electric blend of horrors and beauty" (Publishers Weekly) in this wildly imaginative, morally complex vision of the future. As this sequel (10 years in the making!) builds on events from the first book, readers should start with The House of the Scorpion." Teen Scene October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=684197

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May 08, 2018

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