Reader: Pauly S.
Title: The Lord of Opium
Author: Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: 09/03/13
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The plot was very interesting in this book just as its predecessor, The House of the Scorpion; it's set in a world where El Patron had made a country between Mexico and the U.S. for just manufacturing drugs. Growing opium to be exact.
Memorable or Forgettable: In the beginning, Matt didn't know almost anything about himself, then seeing him find who he really is in this weird world really made the book interesting.
Cover: The cover fits the book well, especially with a hand crushing an opium flower.
Age Range: 14 through 15
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments Hard to understand if you don't read the first book, The House of the Scorpion.
Annotation: Matt, a former clone who's sole purpose was to supply spare organs for a old Mexican drug lord, is set free when El Patron finally dies. People take Matt as the new El Patron, and he is faced with living the life of a successful drug lord.
tags: science fiction / Matteo Alacran / ya