National Book Award, Young People's Literature, 2002Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord of the land of Opium, which is located between the United States and Mexico. For six years, he has lived in a tiny cottage in the poppy fields with Celia, a kind and deeply religious servant woman who is charged with his care and safety. He knows little about his existence until he is discovered by a group of children playing in the fields and wonders why he isn't like them. Though Matt has been spared the fate of most clones, who have their intelligence destroyed at birth, the evil inhabitants of El Patrón's empire consider him a "beast" and an "eejit."
When El Patrón dies at the age of 146,14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.
©2004 Nancy Farmer; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster
I read It back in high school and it was such a good book that years later I wanted to read it again but since I work all the time it's hard to just sit down and read. Now I have audio books and its awsome
Probably Matt since the story is about him, but I think that they need to write a book about el patron
Did a excellent job on all of them
Alot but I'm not gonna spoil it for people
Good book excellent read
The House of Scorpions was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to; the narrator was excellent! His accents were superb!
Matt, the main character, was my favorite character. He has such a unique story, that learning about what would happen to him in the future made the story compelling. My 14-year-old daughter and I also loved Tam Lin and Celia.
I haven't listened to his narrations before this one, but if I see his name on other audiobooks, it will factor into my decision about whether or not to buy the book - in that book's favor!
I had several extreme reactions to this book - mostly shock, horror, sadness, and respect. This book definitely brought more emotions to the surface than most others.
The story was so unique. I went through a phase of reading dystopian fiction and got a little burned out because a lot of the ideas seemed to be repeated with a spin. This was entirely new to me and made me think about something new, which I love. My daughter and I listen to audiobooks while we drive, and both of us would look forward to a car ride.
Good premise, good narration. Writing was pedestrian at best. Characters were one dimensional, holes in plot myriad. I felt like I was listening to a book written for pre-schoolers. As someone who enjoys all books, I admit that I enjoyed this one too... I just felt it was pretty bad overall. The plot and the characters both needed to be developed significantly more.
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