Nancy Farmer's "House of the Scorpion" is a teen science fiction novel that focuses on the struggles of Matteo Alacrán. Matt, unlike most children, lives in the country of Opium between Mexico and The United States. He lives in a lavish estate, where he witnesses the production of Opium and other drugs first hand.
Matt's ruler, El Patrón, is presumed a generous person because Matt is cared for 24-7 at an Estate which contains many of the world's greatest treasures. El Patrón is actually a cruel controlling person that strikes fear into anyone who disobeys him, or opposes him. Later in the novel you will see El Patrón's dark side show as things become heated in the estate.
Cloning people in the year of 2124 is quite possible, but illegal due to the world community creating laws restricting cloning. Matt is one of these exceptions because of El Patrón's vast wealth and power. We as readers will see Matt face the difficult consequences of being a clone, but also see him benefit from it.
Luckily, Matt is raised by a generous women named Celia who teaches him lessons in love and how to preserver though adversity. Also Matt is toughened up by a gentle brute name Tam Lin. Tam Lin is seemingly a big tough Scottish rough-house, but actually teaches Matt many lessons in survival and how to treat others with respect. Finally, Matt is in love with a beautiful young girl name Maria, who is quite religious, and convinces Matt that being a clone doesn't mean you don't have a soul or basic human rights.
Overall "The House of The Scorpion" was a good novel with many interesting plot twists that catch the reader off guard, and leave readers interested in what will occur next. Also Matt's characterization throughout the story is very detailed and unique, especially since the point of view is inside of Matt's head. I would rate this novel 4 out of five stars.