The House of the Scorpion is book one in the two-book YA science fiction Matteo Alacran series, written by American author Nancy Farmer and published in 2002. The House of the Scorpion is set in the fictional country of Opium, which separates the US from ‘Aztlán’, formerly Mexico. Matteo, or Matt, Alacrán, is a young clone of a one-hundred-and-forty-year-old drug lord of the same name, known as "El Patrón." Matt discovers his identity and life’s purpose, as a source of healthy organs, but refuses to believe that El Patrón, who has treated him well throughout his life, would harm him. When El Patrón has a heart attack and requires a new heart, Matt’s friends help Matt flee to Alacrán. In Alacrán Matt falls into the company of Lost Boys, leading an uprising there. Eventually, he returns to Opium and dismantles the regime ruling the country. The novel won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2002 and a Newbery Honor in 2003.
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