The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Raidah Chowdhury. About the Author. She was born in 1941 in Phoenix
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Matt is a clone of El Patron who intends to take Matt's organs when his own organs fail. Matt is treated cruelly by most of the Alacráns and is kept ignorant that he is a clone until a cruel joke reveals his status. After a near-fatal heart attack, El Patrón requires a transplant from Matt, but is foiled by Celia, Matt's care-giver. El Patrón dies. Matt tries to escape the mansion in the ensuing chaos with the help of María, a young member of the Mendoza family, but the plan fails and María is taken away. He tries to escape again, this time successfully. Arriving in Aztlán, Matt comes across colony for orphans. Matt is sent to live with them by a group of men known as the "Keepers". The Keepers operate the plankton farms, forcing the orphans to work and live on plankton. Matt is at first an outcast because the other boys think he is a spoiled aristocrat. However, Matt becomes a hero when he defies the Keepers and leads the boys in a rebellion against them. Matt manages to find María and her mother, Esperanza. From Esperanza, Matt learns that Opium is in lock down. Only El Patrón's DNA can deactivate the border security. Matt manages to re-enter Opium, but only to learn that almost no one he knew is still alive. Matt then becomes the ruler of Opium.
I really liked the book The House of the Scorpion. It is filled with excitement and action. The action isn’t very gruesome, which I liked. This novel is very fast-paced and filled with energy. It also has a well placed suspense, leaving you hanging at times. Overall, this book is well written. I would definitely recommend this book to a mature audience.