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by Robert Ramirez,Nancy Farmer

  • ISBN: 1402541732
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Robert Ramirez,Nancy Farmer
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (March 2003)
  • ePub book: 1433 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1998 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 513

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Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; and The House of the Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor.

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; and The House of the Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor. Other books include The Lord of Opium, The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, The Islands of the Blessed, Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, and three picture books for young children.

the house of the scorpion. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. A Girl Named Disaster. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Book design by O’Lanso Gabbidon. The text for this book is set in Bembo. Printed in the United States of America. The house of the scorpion, Nancy Farmer.

In Lord of Opium, Nancy Farmer’s sequel to her National Book Award–winning of the Scorpion, the hero becomes .

In Lord of Opium, Nancy Farmer’s sequel to her National Book Award–winning of the Scorpion, the hero becomes human, right before our eyes. Literally, figuratively. In a prepublication blurb she wrote: It is a pleasure to read science fiction that’s full of warm, strong characters-people who are really fond of one another, children who are ignorant and vulnerable, powerful evildoers whom one can pity, good people who make awful mistakes.

House of the Scorpion is a chilling story because Farmer portrays a world that just may be possible

House of the Scorpion is a chilling story because Farmer portrays a world that just may be possible. Cloning is already a reality. There are people in today’s world just as invisible to the larger society as the orphans. Nancy Farmer takes Matt's character on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness that allows him to accept that he is not what he is told he is, that he is as much of a human being as any person around him. It is a compelling journey, even though its sentiment isn't particularly new to me - I've read Never Let Me Go and watched The Island.

The House of the Scorpion (2002) is a science fiction young adult novel by Nancy Farmer. It is set in the future and mostly takes place in Opium, a country which separates Aztlán (formerly Mexico) and the United States

The House of the Scorpion (2002) is a science fiction young adult novel by Nancy Farmer. It is set in the future and mostly takes place in Opium, a country which separates Aztlán (formerly Mexico) and the United States. The main character Matteo, or Matt, Alacrán, is a young clone of a drug lord of the same name, usually called "El Patrón".

He dipped his finger in to taste. It wasn’t as good as it looked. He checked the place cards on the tables and saw that he was, as usual, seated next to El Patrón her side. The other favored guests were Mr. Alacrán and Felicia, Benito, back from college-or rather, expelled from college-and Steven and Tom. Mr. Alacrán’s father rounded out the guests at the head table. Everyone called him El Viejo these days because he seemed even older than El Patrón. Humming to himself, Matt removed Tom’s card and put it at the baby table

I'm the person who's bed your gonna end up in baby doll," he says, his eyes burning holes into me as I get my books out of my locker.

The House of the Scorpion PDF Part1. Get notified when The House of the Scorpion PDF by Nancy Farmer is updated. I'm the person who's bed your gonna end up in baby doll," he says, his eyes burning holes into me as I get my books out of my locker.

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

Matteo Alacr?n was not born; he was harvested. 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.

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.

Comments

Ffrlel Ffrlel
That's all I can say for this book.

I am a parent who has been going through a number of books so that when my sons are of age, I can have a reading list of suitable books for them whose content I am comfortable with. (Books written for adolescents have way too much anguish and sex in them for my [Orthodox Jewish] taste.)

This is one of those books that passes that test. (And I have to say that I was reluctant to give Nancy Farmer a second chance after her AWFUL, babbling book A Girl Named Disaster)

1. The prose is good and at the level of a reasonably intelligent adolescent;
2. The plot is gripping and the book was/ is hard to put down (I finished the whole book in two settings);
3. The character is something that would make sense to an adolescent boy;
4. There are several great topics for discussion, among them:
a. Dystopian societies
b. The Ethics of cloning/ genetic engineering/ stem cell harvesting (said topic can be pared down to an adolescents level and expanded as necessary)
c. Drug use and abuse
d. Questions about what is suffering. (p. 197: "What is suffering but knowledge of suffering?")
5. The book is also, in addition to being on par with the finest dystopian novels (1984 (Signet Classics) and The Giver (Giver Quartet)) and authors (George Orwell) was also two such novels in one. (The character went from one dystopian society to another.)

For the reason that the topics can work for a prescient adolescent, they could be also expanded and put to use for adults.

Verdict: Highly recommended.
Raelin Raelin
Words cannot describe my love for this book. I was first introduced to it about 10 years ago when I took a Children's Lit class in college. As an English major and now teacher, I have read a vast amount of books. I can honestly say this book is easily in my top 5 favorite books of all time.
Nancy Farmer has a beautiful way of engaging the reader from start to finish. What makes Matt's story so beautiful is that, on the surface, the reader is constantly made aware of the fact that Matt is a clone, but the lesson of human decency is never lost upon the pages. From start to finish, you too, feel like Matt. I promise that your own humanity will go through a journey, as well. You'll be forced to come to terms with the knowledge that even the most evil of all evil has known suffering, and that the kind and decent are not always exempt from wrongdoing.

I am thankful books such as this have been written. The impact of its message has touched me, and I'll always be thankful for that.
Dainris Dainris
Review first posted on jenasbookreviews.blogspot.com

Set in a future where Mexico has given over a stretch of land that separates them from the US to the drug dealers, a land now called Opium and ruled mostly by the House of the Scorpion, the house of El Patron. Matteo has led a sheltered life in the little house in the poppy fields with his caregiver Celia. She has told him that he must always stay in the house when she is not home and not let anyone see him but one day when he was 6, heard the voices of children outside and couldn't stand it any longer so he showed himself to them. Next thing he knows, he is taken to the main house and everything changes. He finds out that he is a clone of El Patron, the head of the family, but that clones have no status and are generally despised. He is luckier than most in that he has the special favor of El Patron who eventually comes to his rescue and demands that he be given an education and treated at least civilly. It doesn't completely matter as the household, except Celia and his bodyguard Tam Lin, decide that ignoring him will do well enough although there is one son, Tom, who torments Matt as he torments everyone else and there is a cousin, Maria, who does actually want to be his friend but thinks of him as more of a pet than a person. What makes matters worse is when he learns that most clones are lobotomized upon birth as their only function is to serve as a source of organ donation for their original. That was to be Matt's fate but that was before Ceclia and Tam Lin came up with another plan for him.

While Matt is definitely the "hero", there are times as he is growing that you can see the person El Patron is now trying to take root in Matt but you can see the struggle that Celia and Tam Lin are going through to try and mold Matt into a different person than the horrible head of the family. This is his journey, to choose what kind of person he wants to be, the DNA does not have to dictate who he will be.

I hadn't even heard of this book prior to seeing this in my 11th graders English class where we are studying the Hero's journey. I really enjoyed the story and can see why it has won and been nominated for so many awards. It is well written, the world and characters are rich and complex, and the plot gripping.
Akisame Akisame
I bought this book to read along with my 15 year old during the summer. For entertainment reading, she wasn't interested in the usual teen fare. At first I thought this was for a younger audience and we would be bored with it. It has just enough science fiction and fantasy elements but it is still anchored in the real world. The issues, story line, are relevant to our day and time and the science is believable and realistic. It sparks a great conversation and it wasn't a downer like I thought the Divergent series was. I thought I would just get through it for my daughter's sake and wasn't looking to be entertained myself. I finished it in about 3 days reading at night and thought it was entertaining and interesting. I was pleasantly surprised, it's not just for kids.