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Released on September 3, 2013, ''The Lord of Opium'' is the sequel to Nancy Farmer's ''[[Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion The House of the Scorpion]]'' and follows fourteen-year-old Matt's role as the new ruler of Opium. As clone of the deceased despot El Patron, Matt finds himself inheriting El Patron's empire, including its vast eejit army, but nonetheless finds himself powerless to put an end to the suffering he had witnessed. With external and internal enemies impeding his progress, Matt is unable to even smuggle Maria, his childhood love, back into Opium. Faced with opposition from rival drug cartels and his own doubt, Matt must confront these challenges and seek the means to revitalize the dying world around his nation.

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\nReleased on September 3, 2013, ''The Lord of Opium'' is the sequel to Nancy Farmer's Creator/NancyFarmer's ''[[Literature/HouseOfTheScorpion The House of the Scorpion]]'' and follows fourteen-year-old Matt's role as the new ruler of Opium. As clone of the deceased despot El Patron, Matt finds himself inheriting El Patron's empire, including its vast eejit army, but nonetheless finds himself powerless to put an end to the suffering he had witnessed. With external and internal enemies impeding his progress, Matt is unable to even smuggle Maria, his childhood love, back into Opium. Faced with opposition from rival drug cartels and his own doubt, Matt must confront these challenges and seek the means to revitalize the dying world around his nation.


* BodyHorror: Glass Eye Dabengwa has clones to replace parts like all other drug lords, but has yellow ElectronicEyes, grayish skin and numerous mechanical internal parts. Not to mention the teeth of twenty-year-olds he has replaced every few years.

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* BodyHorror: BodyHorror:
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Glass Eye Dabengwa has clones to replace parts like all other drug lords, but has yellow ElectronicEyes, grayish skin and numerous mechanical internal parts. Not to mention the teeth of twenty-year-olds he has replaced every few years.



* ButtMonkey: Fiona.
* CityInABottle: The biosphere.
* CreepyChild: El Bicho, and Listen to a lesser extent.

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* %%* ButtMonkey: Fiona.
* %%* CityInABottle: The biosphere.
* %%* CreepyChild: El Bicho, and Listen to a lesser extent.



* ElectronicEyes: Glass Eye Dabengwa.
* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Aztlán. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]
* [[FillItWithFlowers Fill It With Fungi]]: You'll certainly learn to appreciate what mushrooms can do.

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* %%* ElectronicEyes: Glass Eye Dabengwa.
* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Aztlán. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]
* %%* [[FillItWithFlowers Fill It With Fungi]]: You'll certainly learn to appreciate what mushrooms can do.



* ICannotSelfTerminate: Some high-functioning eejits like [[spoiler: Cienfuegos]] cannot commit suicide, due to their programming. [[spoiler: They can be ordered to kill themselves however.]]

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: Some high-functioning eejits like [[spoiler: Cienfuegos]] [[spoiler:Cienfuegos]] cannot commit suicide, due to their programming. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They can be ordered to kill themselves however.]]



* LittleMissSnarker: Listen.
* MeaningfulRename: Cienfuegos insists Matt come up with an intimidating title befitting a drug lord. Eventually, depressed over [[spoiler: Mirasol's death]], Matt decides on Don Sombra, Lord Shadow.

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* %%* LittleMissSnarker: Listen.
* MeaningfulRename: Cienfuegos insists Matt come up with an intimidating title befitting a drug lord. Eventually, depressed over [[spoiler: Mirasol's [[spoiler:Mirasol's death]], Matt decides on Don Sombra, Lord Shadow.



* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Glass Eye on Dr.Rivas.]]
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: Holoports are apparently wormhole generators, rather than simply displaying the other area to the viewers via a camera. While it is possible to cross the wormhole, whatever is in-between them is said to be freezing cold, and using a holoport to transmit objects is not recommended, and it will kill living beings [[spoiler: unless they protect themselves, however, since time is said to be measured differently in a wormhole, it is unknown how long it takes for the person inside to travel.]]

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* %%* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Glass [[spoiler:Glass Eye on Dr.Dr. Rivas.]]
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: Holoports are apparently wormhole generators, rather than simply displaying the other area to the viewers via a camera. While it is possible to cross the wormhole, whatever is in-between them is said to be freezing cold, and using a holoport to transmit objects is not recommended, and it will kill living beings [[spoiler: unless [[spoiler:unless they protect themselves, however, since time is said to be measured differently in a wormhole, it is unknown how long it takes for the person inside to travel.]]



* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Matt thinks this from time to time, and uses it to [[spoiler: legally propose to Maria, despite them both being 15.]]

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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Matt thinks this from time to time, and uses it to [[spoiler: legally [[spoiler:legally propose to Maria, despite them both being 15.]]



* SpaceStation: The Scorpion Star. [[spoiler: Also used to control the eeijts in the Dope Confederacy.]]

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* SpaceStation: The Scorpion Star. [[spoiler: Also [[spoiler:Also used to control the eeijts in the Dope Confederacy.]]



* YearInsideHourOutside: Possibly with anyone that goes through a holoport. Implied, but never confirmed, since [[spoiler: Maria's memories got scrambled when she did it.]]

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* YearInsideHourOutside: Possibly with anyone that goes through a holoport. Implied, but never confirmed, since [[spoiler: Maria's [[spoiler:Maria's memories got scrambled when she did it.]]



* YoureInsane: Matt thinks this about [[spoiler:Dr .Rivas]], but doesn't say it out loud.

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* YoureInsane: Matt thinks this about [[spoiler:Dr .[[spoiler:Dr. Rivas]], but doesn't say it out loud.loud.
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* SequelGap: This book was released over 11 years after the original. This is likely why the first few chapters contain sprinklings of recap.


* UnitedNationsIsASuperPower: Implied. The [=UN=] by the time of the book has the authority to launch airstrikes on sovereign nations, and its peacekeepers seem to be more outfitted for full-out combat than they are today.

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* UnitedNationsIsASuperPower: UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: Implied. The [=UN=] by the time of the book has the authority to launch airstrikes on sovereign nations, and its peacekeepers seem to be more outfitted for full-out combat than they are today.



* YoureInsane: Matt thinks this about [[spoiler:Dr.Rivas]], but doesn't say it out loud.

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* YoureInsane: Matt thinks this about [[spoiler:Dr.[[spoiler:Dr .Rivas]], but doesn't say it out loud.


** The DNA-activated scanners responsible for opening and closing the borders. If someone other than El Patron (or his clone) touches one, the proteins holding their cells together dissolve and they melt. [[spoiler:El Bicho is used by Dr.Rivas to allow Glass Eye in, but only loses his hand.]]

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** The DNA-activated scanners responsible for opening and closing the borders. If someone other than El Patron (or his clone) touches one, the proteins holding their cells together dissolve and they melt. [[spoiler:El Bicho is used by Dr. Rivas to allow Glass Eye in, but only loses his hand.]]


* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book, mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Aztlán. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]

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* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book, book mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Aztlán. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]



* SocietyMarchesOn: One of the nations for the Dope Confederacy exports marijuana. Seeing that the book came out in 2013, this is a strange assumption that a nation would be needed to sell marijuana illegally, as many first-world nations are now relaxing marijuana laws, and even outright legalizing them. Could be justified that it sells to a few holdout nations, or progress was reversed.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: One of the nations for the Dope Confederacy exports marijuana. Seeing that the book came out in 2013, this is a strange assumption on the author's part that a nation one of the nations would be needed to sell marijuana illegally, selling marijuana, as many first-world nations are now relaxing marijuana laws, and even outright legalizing them.the plant. Could be justified that it sells to a few holdout nations, or progress was reversed.

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* SequelGap: This book was released over 11 years after the original. This is likely why the first few chapters contain sprinklings of recap.

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* SocietyMarchesOn: One of the nations for the Dope Confederacy exports marijuana. Seeing that the book came out in 2013, this is a strange assumption that a nation would be needed to sell marijuana illegally, as many first-world nations are now relaxing marijuana laws, and even outright legalizing them. Could be justified that it sells to a few holdout nations, or progress was reversed.


* ICannotSelfTerminate: Some high-functioning eejits like [[spoiler: Cienfuegos]] cannot commit suicide, due to their programming.

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: Some high-functioning eejits like [[spoiler: Cienfuegos]] cannot commit suicide, due to their programming. [[spoiler: They can be ordered to kill themselves however.]]
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Mexico is now called Aztlán.


* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book, mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Mexico. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]

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* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book, mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Mexico.Aztlán. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]

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* ExpansionPackWorld: The original book, mentioned that there were other drug dealers that started Opium, it never hinted or mentioned the Dope Confederacy, other nations that serve up drugs to everyone but the US and Mexico. A major change to the universe [[spoiler: is how most of El Patron's workers were eejits, albeit high-functioning ones, which seems to contradict with remarks and statements made in the original book, that suggested only the farm laborers and a few others were the eeijts.]]

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* PosthumousCharacter: El Patron. However, his influence on Matt exists as a small voice in the back of his head.


* YoungAndInCharge: At the age of fourteen, Matt rules over an entire nation, but lacking any experience, finds it difficult to exercise his will.

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* YoungAndInCharge: At the age of fourteen, Matt rules over an entire nation, but lacking any experience, finds it difficult to exercise his will.will.
* YoureInsane: Matt thinks this about [[spoiler:Dr.Rivas]], but doesn't say it out loud.

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* BodyHorror: Glass Eye Dabengwa has clones to replace parts like all other drug lords, but has yellow ElectronicEyes, grayish skin and numerous mechanical internal parts. Not to mention the teeth of twenty-year-olds he has replaced every few years.
** The DNA-activated scanners responsible for opening and closing the borders. If someone other than El Patron (or his clone) touches one, the proteins holding their cells together dissolve and they melt. [[spoiler:El Bicho is used by Dr.Rivas to allow Glass Eye in, but only loses his hand.]]
* ButtMonkey: Fiona.


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* [[FillItWithFlowers Fill It With Fungi]]: You'll certainly learn to appreciate what mushrooms can do.


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* MeaningfulRename: Cienfuegos insists Matt come up with an intimidating title befitting a drug lord. Eventually, depressed over [[spoiler: Mirasol's death]], Matt decides on Don Sombra, Lord Shadow.


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* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: Glass Eye on Dr.Rivas.]]


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* PunchClockVillain: Many, if not all of the high-functioning eejits seem unable to show physical affection and cannot harm their master, no matter how cruel he is. Glass Eye's Russian guards Samson and Boris in particular do their job keeping Matt and Listen in a holding room, but show kindness towards the little girl and indicate they wish they could kill Glass Eye.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Matt thinks this from time to time, and uses it to [[spoiler: legally propose to Maria, despite them both being 15.]]


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* VillainousBreakdown: Glass Eye Dabengwa, when Matt does not do as he wants.

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