Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Title: The House of the Scorpion
Author: Nancy Farmer
Pages: 380
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2002

"Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patron, 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 Patron. El Patron 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 Patron'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 Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect."

My Rating: 4/5

This novel is yet another based in the future, but not as far as to the end of the world. Rather it shows the reader what happens when things get completely out of hand. As readers, we explore the themes of drugs, violence, technology, morals and what ifs. This book was one of a kind, as far as I know. I have never read a book based about a clone, never mind written from a clone's view. Nancy Farmer has an amazing imagination and she is able to create details in this novel that I would have never imagined. The way that everything ties together in the end is impressive. There are no wasted details.

Thanks for reading,
Sidny ♥♪♫

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