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The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer was a fantastic, wonderful, creative, unexpected, and
action packed book. I have not been reading books through lately
because of school and my short attention span, so I vowed that I would
pick out a bunch of books from the library and read them entirely. I
was a bit skeptical to start this book, but I am so glad I did. It was
about 400 pages long, but it seemed much shorter than small books I've
read recently(with boring plots).
Matt is a clone, but he is no different from a normal human, except for the marking on his foot: "Property of the Alacran Estate"
and the method of his conception. He was born from a cow. Nobody wants
to teach a clone , so he educates himself along with the help of Celia,
his "mother." He makes friends with Maria, the only girl not scared of
him, and their relationship grows into something more as the story
progresses. The science part of the story was great. El Patron, Matt's
creator prolongs his life by taking his clones' organs(his body does
not reject them because it's his own DNA). His mind stays sharp by
using fetal brain implants. He controls his side of the world (Mexico)
by catching people going over the border and turning them into
eejits(humans with brain implants) causing them to not think or do
anything by their own free will. A master has to tell them to drink, or
they will thirst to death.

I
love this book and will definitely be recommending it to all of my
friends and family. It was though-provoking and made me think: What if
in the future, clones were made a reality? They would certainly be
discriminated against and treated as if they were inhuman. Clones are
very similar to Homosexuals in the fact that they both would be
alienated and made to feel different, when in reality, they are not.

Rating: 10/10

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