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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Young People's Literature, 2002
Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord of the land of Opium, which is located between the United States and Mexico. For six years, he has lived in a tiny cottage in the poppy fields with Celia, a kind and deeply religious servant woman who is charged with his care and safety. He knows little about his existence until he is discovered by a group of children playing in the fields and wonders why he isn't like them. Though Matt has been spared the fate of most clones, who have their intelligence destroyed at birth, the evil inhabitants of El Patrón's empire consider him a "beast" and an "eejit".
When El Patrón dies at the age of 146, 14-year-old Matt escapes Opium with the help of Celia and Tam Lin, his devoted bodyguard who wants to right his own wrongs. After a near misadventure in his escape, Matt makes his way back home and begins to rid the country of its evils.
©2004 Nancy Farmer (P)2008 Simon and Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-05-10

A Great Book

I've read this book multiple times and listened to it many times also. It is a very good read and also enjoyable to listen. I would suggest this book to everyone; it has a great story and is very interesting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sherry on 10-28-10

Best YA novel I've read in years

Go forward in time, a century or two, to a drug corridor that divides the US from Mexico, a center of narcotics production that supplies the world with narcotics. The most powerful of the drug lords is determined never to die so he relies on clones, fully conscious ones, to be there for him when the time comes. And the latest clone should ultimately end up like all the others, but this boy acquires, almost by accident, something the others never had, the love of the domestics charged with keeping him fed and unhurt.

This is a marvelous work, read brilliantly by Raul Esparza (his reading of Under the Dome is also a must-listen). Farmer has thought through every detail of this story, and wisely leavened what would would be a despairing and mournful vision of the future with the undying fact of human love and inter-dependence. My teen got me to read this and it's the best thing she's done for me all year.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Claire on 12-14-14

Gripped, Amazing! loved it!

What made the experience of listening to The House of the Scorpion the most enjoyable?

I loved the reader, I loved Matt! I love the story line!

What did you like best about this story?

Not to slow not to fast, easy to understand, interesting, keeps you gripped!

What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

I thought it was very good, really thought I knew the characters better through the performance. clear and well read.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

a bit of both, ooooh you don't know if you should trust the old guy then BAM! It's so good!

Any additional comments?

Loved this story, good development, amazing characters, I want to read the 2nd one. over all amazing book!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tara on 10-06-16

Great listen

Would you listen to The House of the Scorpion again? Why?

This is not a book I would normally choose but on a roll of listening to Raul Esparza after Under the Dome and really enjoyed it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Got to be Tamlin, tough but fair

Have you listened to any of Raul Esparza’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Became slightly obsessed with Raul Esparza in svu and then realised he also narrated Under the Dome which I had just finished listening to. I love the narration, parts in Spanish are just a dream. Scottish accent is a bit dodgy but it's so bad it's good - Scottish with a touch of Irish!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationship with Tamlin

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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