The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

eBook - 2010
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MATTEO ALACR?N WAS NOT BORN; HE WAS HARVESTED. His DNA came from El Patr?n, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster -- except for El Patr?n. El Patr?n loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patr?n's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacr?n Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010
ISBN: 9781439106556
Branch Call Number: PZ7.F23814
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file


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CoreneBee Apr 19, 2018

Wonderfully disturbing YA dystopia that is compulsively readable. Great for Hunger Games readers looking for their next read.

Jun 09, 2017

This book was really good, including the plot.
I want this to become an actual movie, because I find this good

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.

Sep 02, 2015

boooo this book sucks never read it

Jul 11, 2015

Wow that book was great. I read it for a Sci-Fi unit we did at school and this book was a great choice. It even sounds like a warning to generations to come about corruption and what it can lead to.

Oct 21, 2014

This book was easily one of my favorite ones I've ever read period. It had me enraptured from the minute I picked it up. Anyone who likes action, thriller, suspense and sci-fi should definitely read this book.

Oct 17, 2014

Painful and amazing. Farmer has an incredible ability to create a series of detailed, believable worlds and to track a young man's moral development in each of them.

Jul 31, 2014

Really great book that I felt offered a good insight to differing political systems and also on the topic of human cloning. Very good read.

Jul 23, 2014

I read the first 200 pages in one sitting. The characters have a lot of depth and some of them are truly evil. The interesting thing is that the author introduces many of them to you through the eyes of a young boy, so you don't always see it coming. She also provides backstory to them so you understand where these characters come from and what events and choices in their lives have made them who they are. This story is fascinating.

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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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