The Lord of Opium (Compact Disc)

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By Nancy Farmer, Raul Esparza (Read by)
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 The House of Scorpion raised so many questions about what it means to be human, not just with regard to the ethics of cloning, but also in terms of what rights all humans deserve and what qualifies someone to be given those rights.In this sequel to that book, these questions play a central part. El Patron is dead and Matt, his clone, now rules Opium - if he can convince everyone around him that is he is the new Patron. At fourteen, Matt has to make decisions that are far beyond his life experience. His desire to enjoy the riches of Opium are counterbalanced by his memories of what it was like to be classified as non-human, stripped of all rights to life and liberty. Just as anyone might, Matt enjoys the prestige and deference that everyone shows to him. Yet the ugly truth that the subservience he receives comes not from admiration, but from artificial origins cannot be hidden from him. He knows more than anyone that the people around him are not exercising free will. As the new El Patron, Matt finds himself in control of the future of not only Opium and all who live there, but the Dope Confederacy as well. And not everyone around him is happy about that. Matt has the chance to change everything, but does he have the character to do so?Nancy Farmer has created an entirely believable and frighteningly possible future, where the power of the drug lords makes all nations tremble. Matt's story takes place within a social-economic-political structure that gives this book such a rich and compelling background that the reader needs to pause frequently to consider what it means to be human.

— Karen B


Matt has always been nothing but a clone. Now, at age 14, he's ruling over his own country. But while The Land of Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disasterNand hidden in Opium is the cure. The riveting sequel to the National Book Award winner "House of the Scorpion."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781470346973
ISBN-10: 1470346974
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2014
Language: English
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