Sunday, July 5, 2009

The House of the Scorpion--Nancy Farmer

Genre: Dystopian/Young Adult Fiction
Published: 2002
Pages: 380
Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best books I've read all year. I admit, I'm a sucker for some good dystopian fiction, but this book is extremely well-written. It takes place in a fictional land along the American/Mexican border, which is run by drug lords who own huge plantations farmed by human "ijits"--people who have had been surgically adapted to do nothing except their job. Enter Matteo, the main character, a clone who has been bred to further the life of the plantation's owner, El Patron. As Matteo grows up and begins to realize what El Patron has in store for him, he must decide if he will escape into a world that is even more frightening than the plantation itself.

This book is moving, chilling, suspenseful and riveting. Excellent reading for young adults and grown-ups alike.

Book a week #: 30
Date read: 5/9/09
Challenge/s: Young Adult

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