Saturday, July 28, 2012
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Matt is a clone of El Patron, the most powerful drug lord ruling the country of Opium, between the United States and Aztlan to the south. As he grows up he is first shielded from his identity and then from his fate, but helped by Celia, who raised him and Tam Lin, his bodyguard, he manages to escape the fate for which he was created. Outside of the Farm where the work is done by by eejits, people who have computer chips in their brains to make them compliant, he learns what the real world is like and sees the devastation caused by the drugs produced in Opium. He befriends some other Lost Boys working at the plankton processing plant where they have been put under the control of the Keepers. It is an interesting and frighteningly plausible story.