The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
About: This tells the story of a boy who is harvested with DNA from a very powerful man called El Patron. The story revolves around his survival and how he wants to be free from the destiny that is set for him.
What I Liked: First of all, I liked that this story was set in Mexico. Farmer provides an accurate and detailed depiction of Mexican culture. I also liked that the expressions in Spanish actually makes senses! It always bugs me when they don’t. There’s also a chart that describes who is who which is is helpful as the story progresses and a million+ characters appear. (Ok, I’m exaggerating, but it there were a lot of characters!).
What I liked about the story: I love stories about clones and I mean LOVE them! I read this when I was in middle school many moons ago, but I fell in love with it right away. I was confused at first because I did not understand what was going on. For example, I thought, ‘who are these cows and what are they doing with them’? (YES there are cows involved!). That is when I figured out that they used the cows for harvesting DNA to make clones.
Matteo, who goes by Matt, is such a great character. He is the clone of El Patron (who is a super powerful evil and very rich opium lord); he is such a curious and innocent person. Even though he is just a kid, the people around him hate him (except his nanny). This stems from the fact that he is just basically a walking organ donor who will one day not even exist. He goes through many hardships before the end, and the ending is insane!! I was super shocked, but I liked that it was very dramatic and unexpected. Overall, the story has some great themes and I really recommend it.
Who I would recommend this to: I recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction, action, and an awesome protagonist.
Reviewed by Yentl