The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

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In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2003, c2002.
ISBN: 9780439577823
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 24 cm.


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

The House of the Scorpion, written by Nancy Farmer was published in 2002 and
is an award winner. It is a futuristic, sci-fi fantasy novel that takes place in a dystopian
world. The setting is a strip of land between the USA and Aztlan (formerly Mexico)
called Opium. Opium is a no man's land ruled by a drug lord named El Patron. It
consists of several drug-producing farms. El Patron’s estate produces opium from

Mar 16, 2021

House of the Scorpion was one of the better books I've read. Matt, the main character, lives in Opium, a country between the United States and what used to be called Mexico until he is taken away to the Alacran Estate. We discover that he is a clone of the ruler of Opium, El Patron, and is looked down upon by many because of that. They have the same DNA, and Matt feels like someone accepts him for who he really is. But an unexpected plot turn makes Matt wonder who he can really trust, which made the book pretty suspenseful and mysterious. Overall, I think House of the Scorpion was a well-written book, but I do think the ending could use some work, as it left me with many questions. Highly recommend: very suspenseful, mysterious, and an enthralling read

May 18, 2020

In The House of the Scorpion, Matteo “Matt” Alacrán, a clone of El Patrón, ruler of the country Opium, learns about compassion and true friendship throughout his difficult life as a copy of someone else. Matt lives in a house with Celia, a kind woman who takes care of him. Celia never allows him to play outside nor interact with other kids. However, one day, everything changes, and he is introduced to El Patrón’s grandkids and their close friends, the Mendoza girls. Later, it was discovered that he was actually a clone of El Patrón. He was then taken to the ruler’s mansion and was abused by the servants there because of his identity as a clone. El Patrón helps his life take a turn for the better when he discovers that Matt was being abused. He lives on to meet Tam Lin, his new bodyguard and trustworthy friend. However, something unexpected happens, and Matt would be forced to flee his home with the help of his new friends he has made at the mansion.
The House of the Scorpion is a dystopian fiction novel and it is written from a third person limited point of view. I expected this book to be more on the dark side, and it did satisfy my expectations. However, this book does have some wholesome and optimistic moments in it, too. The story ends with almost a cliff-hanger, but there is a sequel to answer any questions the reader might have. I believe that the theme and plot of this story connects with many teenagers. The House of the Scorpion is about Matt finding his own identity and self-worth. Many teenagers struggle to do so, just like Matt did. Personally, I loved this book and it’s wonderful message of compassion and self-identity. I would recommend this book to any teens or young adults looking for an emotional but also heartwarming story, I think that they would also love the mature concept of The House of the Scorpion.

Mar 13, 2020

The ending was way too much happening in a short amount of time. Story progressed super slowly at the beginning. I feel like I didnt even need most of the first half of the book to be honest. Not continuing the trilogy.

Sep 03, 2019

This book "The House of The Scorpion" was one that I actually enjoyed reading. At first glance, you can already tell that it's a great book from the awards this book has won ex. National Book Awards. This book was simple to read which is surprising since this book, in particular, has a couple of stories that all fit together and relates to the main idea of the book which I like. The characters in this book, especially the main ones are really explained of in this book about their thoughts, ideas, and emotions whether it's towards someone/something or an inside thought. I think this is a neat and great way of describing a character's story because you can tell how they feel about a certain thing just in a couple of minutes of reading. Thoughts of a character I think can also give out hints or brief descriptions of an event later in the book which is also neat. One character I liked was Matt which I think most people will like if they read this book for many reasons. Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a 142-year-old leader of a drug empire between Mexico and the United States. Matt didn't know exactly if he was a clone but later on, he discovers that he is indeed a clone of an empire leader which is why people hated him. Why? because he was a clone of a leader and people didn't like El Patrón. The emotions and the story of people hating Matt stuck on throughout the book and the emotions really express themselves because Matt was scared or worried that he would be executed. Either way, I would recommend this book to teenagers since there are connections that could be made that reflect yourself. 4.5 out of 5. @Self-Disciplined of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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.

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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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