History Literature / HouseOfTheScorpion

28th Aug '17 8:36:22 PM teh_nubkilr
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** Eejits programmed for total control can only comply with orders they are told; if they aren't instructed to eat or drink, they'll literally go about their tasks and get hungrier and thirstier until death.
** The fate that is planned for Matt. [[spoiler: Having all his organs taken out one by one to keep El Patron alive]].

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** Eejits programmed for total control can only comply with orders they are told; if they aren't instructed to eat or drink, they'll literally go about they simply continue carrying out their tasks and get hungrier and thirstier until into death.
** The fate that Matt's destiny is planned for Matt. [[spoiler: Having all his organs taken out one by one to act as an organ donor in order to keep El Patron alive]].



* AWorldHalfFull: Matt [[spoiler: gains control of Opium in the end. He plans on restoring the land to support conventional crops and freeing the enslaved illegals within its borders.]] While this is a difficult task, Matt believes that with Maria, Celia and the Lost Boys, this is possible.

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* AWorldHalfFull: Matt [[spoiler: gains control of Opium in the end. He plans on restoring the land to support conventional crops and freeing the enslaved illegals within its borders.]] borders]]. While this is a difficult task, Matt believes that with Maria, Celia and the Lost Boys, this is possible.



* ClonesArePeopleToo: Driving force of the plot.
* CloningBlues: This forms the backbone of the plot, as Matt struggles to find his place in a world hostile to clones, legally and culturally.

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: Driving force The lack of differentiation between clones and humans beyond law and social perception motivate the plot.
narrative.
* CloningBlues: This forms the backbone of the plot, as Matt struggles to find his place in a world where law and culture are hostile to clones, legally and culturally.towards clones.



* 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 to his chip implants, he was forced to obey.]]
* DrugsAreBad: The nation of Opium was said to be founded when powerful drug dealers made a deal with U.S. and Mexican leaders, offering to secure their borders and not traffic drugs into their country. In return, they demanded to be left alone to traffic narcotics to the rest of the world. What this system does to the rest of the world is hinted at, but never really described. Later in the novel, [[spoiler: Ton Ton leads to the arrest of a few Keepers by accusing them of illegally taking opium products. When they object to this, Esperanza orders them to a drug test, after which they are led away by the authorities.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Tam [[TheMentor Lin]] [[spoiler: 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 to his chip implants, he was forced to obey.]]
attack]].
* DrugsAreBad: The nation of Opium was said to be founded when powerful drug dealers made a deal with U.S. and Mexican leaders, offering to secure their borders and not traffic drugs into their country. In return, they demanded to be left alone to traffic narcotics to the rest of the world. What this system does to the rest of the world is hinted at, but never really described. Later in the novel, [[spoiler: Ton Ton leads to the arrest of a few Keepers by accusing them of illegally taking opium products. When they object to this, Esperanza orders them to a drug test, after which they are led away by the authorities.]]authorities]].



* 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.

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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.]] 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.



* FauxAffablyEvil: El Patron is one of the only people nice to Matt during his time at the Alacran house, and maintains his grandfatherly demeanor even after it's revealed that [[spoiler: he uses clones such as Matt to replace his failing organs.]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: El Patron is one of the only people nice to Matt during his time at the Alacran house, and maintains his grandfatherly demeanor even after it's revealed that [[spoiler: he uses clones such as Matt to replace his failing organs.]]organs]].



* FromNobodyToNightmare: El Patron. He was born into a impoverished Mexican family, but at the time of the novel, he is one of the most powerful drug lords on the planet.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: El Patron. He Patron was born into a impoverished Mexican family, but at by the time of the novel, he is one of the most powerful drug lords on the planet.



* HumanResources: Clones are created simply for the purpose of [[spoiler: extending their original's life span.]]

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* HumanResources: Clones are created simply for the purpose of [[spoiler: extending their original's life span.]]span]].



* 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.

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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.



* ScatterbrainedSenior: 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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* ScatterbrainedSenior: El Patron Patron's cognitive capacities diminish towards the end of his life. life, leading him to make use of [[spoiler: He harvest fetal brain implants from his clones clones]] to get better though.]]ward off the effects of age.



* 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, barring a few exceptions such as El Patron's security system, hospital, and personal transport]], the rest of the world possesses decidedly futuristic technology: holographic displays and anti-gravitational technology is fairly widespread.
* WalkingTransplant: Most clones are created for this purpose. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Matt learns that the same is true of him.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Tam Lin]] used to be one, [[spoiler:being a Scottish terrorist who accidentally blew up a school bus in a bombing aimed at a politician.]] He came to Opium seeking asylum.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The novel appears to be is set in an unspecified point in the future; (revealed to be the 22nd century in the sequel) while sequel, but the technology in Opium has been [[spoiler:repressed [[spoiler: repressed to standards used a century ago from their time, barring save a few exceptions such as El Patron's security system, hospital, and personal transport]], the transport]]. The rest of the world possesses decidedly futuristic technology: holographic displays and anti-gravitational technology is fairly widespread.
* WalkingTransplant: Most clones are created for this purpose. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Matt learns that the same is true of him.]]
him]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Tam Lin]] used to be one, [[spoiler:being a Scottish terrorist who accidentally blew up a school bus in a bombing aimed at a politician.]] politician]]. He came to Opium seeking asylum.
10th Aug '17 10:44:39 AM CosmicFerret
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** Tam Lin asks Matt if he ever saw [[JurassicPark the movie about velociraptors]], and compares Esperanza to one.

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** Tam Lin asks Matt if he ever saw [[JurassicPark [[Film/JurassicPark the movie about velociraptors]], and compares Esperanza to one.
31st Jan '17 7:26:05 PM 43110
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* AffablyEvil: El Patron is one of the only people nice to Matt during his time at the Alacran house, but he is described as "evil" several times once it's revealed that [[spoiler: he uses clones such as Matt to replace his failing organs.]]


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* FauxAffablyEvil: El Patron is one of the only people nice to Matt during his time at the Alacran house, and maintains his grandfatherly demeanor even after it's revealed that [[spoiler: he uses clones such as Matt to replace his failing organs.]]
6th Jul '16 2:22:56 PM ayjazz
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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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* 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]], time, barring a few exceptions such as El Patron's security system, hospital, and personal transport]], the rest of the world possesses decidedly futuristic technology: holographic displays and anti-gravitational technology is fairly widespread.
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.
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