The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

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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.

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.

Jun 08, 2014

I read this book, and loved it. The beginning was weird but fascinating.... well the entirety of the book is like that haha! But anyway, I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I thought I would but it was still awesome and exhilarating :) a fantastic read!

BRIANA RIVERA May 04, 2014

Took me about a week or a little bit more to finish reading it. I enjoyed this book and I was thrilled when Matt was told that he wasn't a clone. I recommend this book to any one who is interested in doing something in their spare time.

Dec 08, 2013

One of the greatest books I've ever read period.

Aug 04, 2013

A book full of great ideas written out perfectly. The plot captured me just as much as the characters.

Jul 14, 2013

I loved this book so much I decided to read more of Nancy Farmer's books. She is a very good author. I couldn't put this book down!

Jul 08, 2013

The House Of The Scorpion - One of my very favourite books; I have now read it five times. This was the book that got me into reading back in April 2010. I went on to read all of Nancy Farmer's books. By July 2013, I had read over 350 books and counting. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Feb 14, 2013

This book was AMAZING!!! One of the best books ever.

Feb 04, 2013

This is a simply stunning book about the life of a clone. It is impossible to put down and paced perfectly.

Jan 20, 2013

This book grabs the attention of the reader, keeps it until the book is over, and leaves you wanting more.

Jan 11, 2013

one of the best books I've read. Grips you from the beginning to the end.

sential Nov 10, 2012

Definitely one of my favourite dystopian stories. A Drug Lord. A Clone. A bunch of people that are like mindless zombies. Take down the bad guy. That sort of thing.

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