History Literature / HouseOfTheScorpion

10th Apr '15 6:40:46 AM ayjazz
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''The House of the Scorpion'' is a 2002 novel by Nancy Farmer. It takes place [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the near future]], where a thin strip of land between the [[FallenStatesOfAmerica now-impoverished United States]] and Aztlán (formerly Mexico) forms the country of Opium. The story's focus is on boy named Matt, who is a clone of drug lord and ruler of Opium, Matteo Alacrán, the latter of which is more commonly known as El Patron. As a young boy, he lives with Celia, his caregiver, in a little cottage in the middle of the poppy fields. Later, he moves in with El Patron, but is mistreated by the residents (save a few of the characters, such as the bodyguard Tam Lin, and El Patron) for the simple reason that he is a clone; most of clones have their self-awareness and intelligence blunted by mandated drug use.

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''The House of the Scorpion'' is a 2002 novel by Nancy Farmer. It takes place [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the near future]], 22nd century]], where a thin strip of land between the [[FallenStatesOfAmerica now-impoverished United States]] and Aztlán (formerly Mexico) forms the country of Opium. The story's focus is on boy named Matt, who is a clone of drug lord and ruler of Opium, Matteo Alacrán, the latter of which is more commonly known as El Patron. As a young boy, he lives with Celia, his caregiver, in a little cottage in the middle of the poppy fields. Later, he moves in with El Patron, but is mistreated by the residents (save a few of the characters, such as the bodyguard Tam Lin, and El Patron) for the simple reason that he is a clone; most of clones have their self-awareness and intelligence blunted by mandated drug use.
6th Apr '15 1:50:42 PM ayjazz
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tam [[TheMentor Lin]] knowingly drinks poisoned wine in order to atone for accidentally killing twenty schoolkids in a botched terrorist attack.]] The sequel mentions that El Patron ordered him to, [[spoiler:and due too his chip implants, he was forced to obey.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tam [[TheMentor Lin]] knowingly drinks poisoned wine in order to atone for accidentally killing twenty schoolkids in a botched terrorist attack.]] The sequel mentions that El Patron ordered him to, [[spoiler:and due too to his chip implants, he was forced to obey.]]
5th Apr '15 7:33:16 AM ayjazz
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* ScatteredbrainSenior El Patron towards the end of his life. [[spoiler: He harvest fetal brain implants from his clones to get better though.]]

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* ScatteredbrainSenior ScatterbrainedSenior: El Patron towards the end of his life. [[spoiler: He harvest fetal brain implants from his clones to get better though.]]
5th Apr '15 7:32:46 AM ayjazz
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* ScatteredbrainSenior El Patron towards the end of his life. [[spoiler: He harvest fetal brain implants from his clones to get better though.]]
17th Dec '14 4:48:41 PM ayjazz
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* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Mexico has been renamed Aztlán at some point between the time of the novel (22nd century) and the present day. The reason is never stated.
17th Nov '14 1:32:51 PM ayjazz
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* EvilOldFolks: El Patron. El Patron is described as "evil" several times, and his ruthlessness shows at times, but manages to avoid this trope since at first, he is the only person besides Celia, Tam Lin, and Maria who is nice to Matt when he came to the big house, and treats like a son, until the point where [[spoiler: he needs his organs.]] El Patron is said to had to live by his wits when he was little, which is likely a contributing factor towards his nature.

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* EvilOldFolks: El Patron. El Patron is described as "evil" several times, and his ruthlessness shows at times, but manages to avoid this trope since at first, he is the only person besides Celia, Tam Lin, and Maria who is nice to Matt when he came to the big house, and treats him like a son, until the point where [[spoiler: he needs his organs.]] El Patron is said to had to live by his wits when he was little, which is likely a contributing factor towards his nature.
14th Nov '14 12:33:59 PM ayjazz
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* ChildProdigy: Matt is talented in a number of fields, but especially at music.

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* ChildProdigy: Matt is talented in a number of fields, but especially at music. One subtle hint that is given that Matt is not like El Patron is that Matt is talented with music, whereas El Patron is not.
14th Nov '14 8:08:38 AM ayjazz
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* ModernStasis: [[spoiler:El Patron keeps many aspects of life in Opium in early 21st century stasis, right down to what Matt sees on TV.]]

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* ModernStasis: [[spoiler:El Patron keeps many aspects of life in Opium in early 21st century/late 20th century stasis, right down to what Matt sees on TV.]]
13th Aug '14 5:05:46 AM ayjazz
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tam [[TheMentor Lin]] knowingly drinks poisoned wine in order to atone for accidentally killing twenty schoolkids in a botched terrorist attack.]] The sequel mentions that El Patron ordered him too, [[spoiler:and due too his chip implants, he was forced to obey.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tam [[TheMentor Lin]] knowingly drinks poisoned wine in order to atone for accidentally killing twenty schoolkids in a botched terrorist attack.]] The sequel mentions that El Patron ordered him too, to, [[spoiler:and due too his chip implants, he was forced to obey.]]
13th Aug '14 5:04:52 AM ayjazz
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The novel appears to be set in an unspecified point in the future; while technology in Opium has been [[spoiler:repressed to standards used a century ago from their time]], the rest of the world possesses decidedly futuristic technology: holographic displays and anti-gravitational technology is fairly widespread.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The novel appears to be set in an unspecified point in the future; (revealed to be the 22nd century in the sequel) while technology in Opium has been [[spoiler:repressed to standards used a century ago from their time]], the rest of the world possesses decidedly futuristic technology: holographic displays and anti-gravitational technology is fairly widespread.
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