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House Of The Scorpion - Nancy Farmer
House Of The Scorpion
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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?... show more
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.
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ISBN: 9780689836879 (0689836872)
Pages no: 380
Edition language: English
Series: Matteo Alacran (#1)
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An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it
3.0 The House of the Scorpion
Another one from NPR's Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf. I've owned this book forever. My grandma gave it to me, and I just never got around to reading it. It would not have appealed to me as a kid, and I had to resort to skimming several times because the story was too graphic. The writing felt inc...
Read All The Things! Reviews
Read All The Things! Reviews rated it
4.5 The House of the Scorpion
You know that you’re too old for YA when you don’t say “What a great adventure” while reading a book. Instead, you want to reach through the pages and pull the child characters to safety. This book definitely awakened some protective-parent instinct in me that I didn’t know I possessed. Matteo Ala...
TackyReading
TackyReading rated it
5.0 The House of the Scorpion
I read this back in 6th grade and loved it! I just found out there's a sequel and I could not be more excited!
Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
0.0 disappointed
The House of the Scorpion is so highly hailed and with an intriguing concept, so I had high hopes for this book. I found the book incredibly unpleasant to read. I'm not rating the book because I acknowledge that I am not the target audience, and that may be part of the issue. I also thought the ...
YA Anonymous
YA Anonymous rated it
Absolutely entrancing. I completely understand why this books was bestowed so many awards. Drugs, mercenaries and a battle for wealth and power. Throw in some cloning and high tech, sci-fi style elements and you have one helluva thrill ride.
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