The House of the Scorpion is a story about Matt, a clone. Matt is the clone of Matteo Alacrán or El Patrón, the ruler of Opium. Opium is a country that is between the United States and Aztlán (formerly Mexico). Opium is a part of the Dope Confederacy which consists of a bunch of countries that produce various drugs. Matt lives the first 6 years of his life happily. Then he sees Steven, Emilia, and María through his window and wants to join them. He breaks the window and jumps out, landing on the glass. His feet get cut by the glass and Steven, Emilia, and María carry him back to their house. There he is treated. He lives luxuriously for a little while. But Steven’s father, Mr. Alacrán figures out that Matt is clone and tells a maid to take him away. He is locked into a room filled with sawdust for his “litter”. That begins the long line hardships Matt is to face.
When I began reading The House of the Scorpion I had no idea what it was about. I just opened it and started reading. At the beginning of the book I was confused. I didn’t know what was going on. But then slowly I started to understand. I understood how the household worked, how the government worked and most importantly what it took to live a good life. I wouldn’t say that it was the best book I have ever read. I think it is okay. I feel like the conflict wasn’t very interesting to me. The conflict could have been a bit more rough and tough. I also didn’t get the message the author was trying to give me. I would give it 2 stars because it didn’t get me interested.
Here is the Goodreads link for The House of the Scorpion: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13376.The_House_of_the_Scorpion