The Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opium

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In 2137, fourteen-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of El Patron, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world. 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?
"In the much-anticipated sequel to The House of the Scorpion (2002), 14-year-old Matteo Alacran returns home as the new Lord of Opium ... A vividly imagined tale of a future world full of fascinating characters and moral themes -- a tremendous backdrop for one young man's search for identity." -- Kirkus Reviews, April 10, 2013.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442482548
Branch Call Number: YA SCIFI Farmer Nancy 09/2013
Characteristics: 411 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.


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Jan 30, 2015

The only character I liked in this edition was the jefe. I feel like I shouldn't have waited so long to read "The Lord of Opium" as my book taste seems to have changed since I read its prequel. Not that the book was exceptionally good. It was anticlimactic and a bit of a let down tbh.

Jul 16, 2014

I enjoyed this book, but I thought the ending could have been a little more spectacular. I liked the first one better.

Oct 29, 2013

The Lord of Opium – Finally the sequel to Nancy Farmer’s multiple Award Winning ‘The House Of The Scorpion,’ was released and Ms. Farmer did not disappoint her fans. A must read for young adults. It begins a few hours after the final events in the first book. A five stars plus rating on my book rating scale. Warning, once you start this book you will not want to put it down. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

ChristchurchLib Oct 01, 2013

"El Patrón is dead, which makes his 14-year-old clone Matteo the new Lord of the country of Opium. Matt has been reclassified as human, but he still has to cure the other clones (mind-controlled "eejits" who provide Opium's slave labour), as well as dismantle Opium's drug trade and plant new crops to revitalise Earth's ravaged environment. Fans of sophisticated science fiction will be captivated by the "electric blend of horrors and beauty" (Publishers Weekly) in this wildly imaginative, morally complex vision of the future. As this sequel (10 years in the making!) builds on events from the first book, readers should start with The House of the Scorpion." Teen Scene October 2013 newsletter


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