The Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opium

by Nancy Farmer
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The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this “electric blend of horrors and beauty” (Publishers Weekly), the riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion, winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor.

Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure.

And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human.

Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator? Is his true destiny already predetermined by his genes?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442482562
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 111,585
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm; A Girl Named Disaster; and The House of the Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor. Other books include The Lord of Opium, The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, The Islands of the Blessed, Do You Know Me, The Warm Place, and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.

Hometown:

Menlo Park, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1941

Place of Birth:

Phoenix, Arizona

Education:

B.A., Reed College, 1963

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The Lord of Opium 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most perfect mix of drama, and sci-fi. There are parts that will make you cry your heart out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so amazing i cant stop reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing. The writing is flawless and truly does this book capture the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent sequel to the first book. Matteo struggles to be his own person while surrounded by the enemies of an old vampire's legacy. I wasn't sure if a second book would be possible, and was thoroughly impressed with the second book. It is definetely worth a read.
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gotticketsjr More than 1 year ago
The lord of Opium was a great sequel and picked up where the last book left off and answered all the questions first book left. This is one of the only sequels that is better than the first book. I give it a 5 star rating because it is one of the only books that is good enough to keep my attention and making me want more.
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Honestly, this series is the best. I also recommend that you read The House of the Scorpion before you read this book cause you'll understad better and its a great book too. THIS IS THE BEST NANCY FARMER IS THE BEST OMG SO GOOD HOLY EVERYTHING NANCY FARMER IS THE BESTTTTTTT!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading this novel i am forgetting that i am not a part of the story. This is one of the greatest books i have read.
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Even though the begining was boring it got intense fast. If you are thinking of reading this book/series, you have too. It will have you on the edge of you seat.
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UNBELIEVABLE. TRULY UNBELIEVABLE. A MUST READ FOR ALL TWEENS. READ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning is slower than the first book but it is still great. There is amazing description and vibrant emotions. There are many things that go wrong when ruling an empire which makes the story interesting. At the end there is good action.
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I love nancy farmer books. This did not disappoint at all.
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Tottaly going to add this to my wishlist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt read this book. :3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JUST PREORDERED!! Can't wait!!!
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CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!
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I didn't finish. It didn'