Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Farmer, Nancy. The house of the Scorpion

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. Simon Pulse, 2002 [0-689-85223-1]
Matt lives in a future country which lies between the US and Mexico. He is a clone of a rich 140-year-old ruler who can afford to "raise" clones for replacement parts. The country is a major opium provider which is harvested by "eejets" who have had computer chips placed in their brains to become worker drones. Matt escapes the country and ends up in an orphanage run by cruel Keepers (a kind of Oliver Twist story.) This 380 page book wraps up a little too tight but I highly recommend it. It is very thought-provoking and can lead to discussions of raising clones for body parts, technology abusing people, and an unwatched environment.


Anonymous Liber Amo said...

I loved this book! It was an extrordinary 'feast' that kept me satisfied from begining to end! The amount of every little detail was just the right amount; not enough to bore you with a mountain of lists, but not too little as to leave you in the dark. One of my favorite novels! 5 stars all the way!!! :D

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