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As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor.

Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure.

And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human.

Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?
Paperback, 448 pages
Published on September 9, 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442482559
ISBN-13: 9781442482555
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  • elliotl20
    elliotl20Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 3:26 am44 stars
    The story was a followup to the first book called the House of the Scorpion. The main character is Matteo, he was a clone but when the original Matteo died, he became a human. He inherited the whole empire of Opium and he has to control it and defend it. I liked the book because I think that it showed what might happen in the future and also I think that the book shows Matteo's struggle with being a normal kid and having to control an entire empire. I recommend this book to anyone who likes action books but they have to read the first book first to understand the story.
    • goldeneagle
      goldeneagleWednesday, April 30, 2014 at 4:36 pm44 stars
      pretty good... i liked the first one better though