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From the unique combination of the timelessness of an old and seemingly forgotten world deftly mixed with the futuristic reality of a brave new world comes a chilling tale of ethics and mortality that is thought provoking and macabre, and yet strangly fascinating...Is this the way of the future? Matt is six years old when he discovers that he is different from other children, from other people. To most people Matt isn't a boy, but a beast, dirty and disgusting. But to El Patron, lord of a country called Opium, Matt is the guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself - for Matt is himself. They share the same DNA. As Matt struggles to understand his existence and what that existence trully means, he is threatened by a host of sinister and manipulating characters, from El Patron's power-hungry family to the brain-deadened eejits and mindless slaves that toil Opium's poppy fields. Surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards, Matt longs for escape. But even escape is no guarantee of freedom because Matt is marked but his difference in ways that he doesn't even suspect. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published on July 7, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Children's
ISBN-10: 0689837704
ISBN-13: 9780689837708
18 Book Reviews
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  • swagme
    swagmeSaturday, December 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm
    this is a good book read it err day at school
    • loveWednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm
      this is a good book i read it everyday with my teacher
      • hotcoco28
        hotcoco28Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm
        I love this book. it's so good!!!!! i also liked how it realated to the olden day slaves except here they called them eejets and it is so cool !!!! READ IT
        • minastarica
          minastaricaWednesday, February 1, 2012 at 2:55 am
          Matteo Alacron(or just Matt), the creature which is not a human, a clone of El Patrone, ruler of the drug state, Opium. Matt has a person who likes him soon tries to kill him. What's Matt going to do? Find your answer in 'The House of the Scorpion'!
          • shasta
            shastaThursday, January 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm
            I am reading this book with my teacher every tuesday and now I can not wait to the next tuesday! This book is SOOOOO good! Mat faces a lot of dangerous situations but so far everything is OK! GREAT book.
            • cheesemonkey
              cheesemonkeyThursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:04 am
              House of the scorpion is the best book if you like action or science fiction. My favorite person in the book is Matt
              • donutman55
                donutman55Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm
                This is a great book when the doctor doesn't blunt Matt's inteligents, and he is a very smart kid. I reccomend it.
                • borntoswim
                  borntoswimThursday, January 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm55 stars
                  OMG i love love love love love love this book. it's so good!!!!! i also liked how it realated to the olden day slaves except here they called them eejets and they put transplants in their brain so they can only do one thing. In this book there are also clones so when he original copy is about to dye they take the clones heart and piggyback it onto the original heart. I didn't like the end to much, it was sort of weird but i loved it. READ READ READ READ READ READ READ READ