Start by marking “The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)” as Want to Read: The House of the Scorpion is really unlike any YA/middle grade book I've ever read. The main character Matt is a clone of the leader of the nation named El Patron. The House of the Scorpion () 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. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division. Avenue of the Americas. New York, New York
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The House of the Scorpion (House of the Scorpion, book 1) by Nancy Farmer - book cover, description, publication history. Gripping, gritty sci-fi tale of a clone's identity struggle. Read Common Sense Media's The House of the Scorpion review, age rating, and parents guide. The House of the Scorpion and millions of other books are available for instant . Series: National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, Newbery.
I loved the setting - Mexico - and it was obvious to me that the author was very familiar with Mexican culture and legends, she incorporates a lot of this into the story. I suppose one of the quickest ways to mess up your novel is to write about places and things you don't have a clue about, but I still really wish more authors would try to use different settings. There's a whole world out there that I'm not in a position to explore right now so I like to pretend I'm there by visiting other countries in books.
Plus, is it that hard to do a little research on a country's culture, traditions and legends etc. In The House of the Scorpion we are immediately introduced to a boy called Matt who is a clone that was grown in a cow and harvested. The man who shares his DNA is El Patron, the extremely rich head of a huge opium empire and a man with the power to deliver to himself a longer than usual life with the help of clones.
Matt's relationship with El Patron is conflicted. On one hand, Matt knows he is evil and corrupt - he plants chips in people's heads to make them obey his orders without question - but Matt also knows that El Patron is himself. They are both intelligent and talented individuals, Matt acknowledges multiple times how alike the two people are.
But Matt is treated by others as an animal, they do not see how anything grown in a cow can be human and some of the treatment he endured really pissed me off, never mind the fact that his genetic make-up is identical to El Patron's.
Matt questions himself and the world around him throughout the book.
He finds it hard to believe that El Patron could possibly mean him harm - because how could you harm yourself? Of course futuristic worlds are fun to imagine, but Nancy Farmer had something else in mind when she chose to write about the future.
Let's see what she has to say about it: "Science fiction allows you to approach a lot of social issues you can't get to directly. If you wrote a book about how cloning is horrible, it would read like a sermon and no one would pay attention to it" source.
This book definitely tackles a lot of social issues, from cloning to slavery to immigration to drugs. By setting the action in a science-fiction world, Farmer can entertain her readers without lecturing them. Sneaky, Nancy.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that Farmer is somewhat of a sci-fi virtuoso. A lot of her work is set in the future see A Girl Named Disaster or in fantasy worlds check out the Sea of Trolls trilogy , and her wild imagination helps her create some truly awesome worlds for her readers. The House of the Scorpion is no exception.
Have you ever felt like your life was completely out of your control? Ever had people make decisions for you - what to eat, what to wear, where you have to go, what you have to do? It can get kind of frustrating when you aren't able to make your own decisions.
Well, take that sometimes-frustration and multiply it times a billion, and you get what it's like to be Matt, the protagonist in Nancy Farmer 's The House of the Scorpion, who is a clone bred to be an organ donor. Matt's life is completely outside of his control in a lot of ways. He was created in a lab for a specific and lethal purpose, and for much of his childhood he doesn't have a lot of say in what happens to him. Of course, just because Matt has had a rough go of it, doesn't mean we have to care.
He could be a real jerk. Or a totally boring lame-o.
But he's not, and that's why we get so invested. He doesn't just sit around complaining — he fights back and refuses to accept his fate.
He educates himself, he tries hard to be a decent person, and he makes some tough decisions while he's at it. All in all, he's not a bad role model. He's got flaws, sure, but we could all stand to be a little more like Matt a little more often. Plus, even though he's a clone, and his world is a fictional future, Matt deals with a lot of the same things we deal with today: bullying, violence, prejudice, and poverty.