The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2)
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The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2)

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The new book continues the story of Matt, the boy who was cloned from evil drug lord El Patrón in The House of the Scorpion. Now 14 years old, Matt rules his own country, the Land of Opium, the only thriving place in a world ravaged by ecological disaster. Though he knows that the cure for ending the suffering is hidden in Opium, Matt faces obstacles and enemies at every t...more
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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I read The House of the Scorpion in fifth or sixth grade, and I loved it. I have a vivid memory of being excited for standardized testing because it meant I had time to read (I liked standardized testing when I was younger because I've always been a fast test-taker, which meant at least half an hour of reading time for me). I remember sitting in a desk that I'd shoved into a corner of the room, being absolutely enthralled by the book.

Now, I don't remember that much of it. I remember how it made...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This is one of those cases where I think memory did me a disservice. See, The House of the Scorpion is praised as one of the best dystopian novels, and I do agree that might be true, as it does focus on world building (not a claim many YA dystopians can make). However, when I read it, The House of the Scorpion was in the 3-3.5 range for me. Despite that, I was convinced that younger me missed something and that I would enjoy the series more now. Sadly, this didn't turn out to be the case. From w...more
There's some pretty harsh reviews for Lord of Opium, but I don't understand why. This follow up to The House of the Scorpion was very, very good!
Jun 02, 2013 Fari marked it as to-read
Shelves: r

You do not understand just how happy I am right now. This book is going to be beautiful; I feel it in my bones.

I am so disappointed.

I was highly impressed by THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION and very excited to be able to read an ARC of the sequel. Alas, so much of what I admired in the first book is absent from the second. While reading SCORPION I was swept up into Matt's experiences, his gradual understanding of the dystopia he inhabits and his highly unsettling place within it. And, of course, there was considerable tension arising from his struggle to survive and keep his friends safe.

In reading OPIUM, I f...more
I abandoned this about 2/3 of the way through, and should have done it sooner. I absolutely loved The House of the Scorpion and was so excited about this sequel. The problem:

Nothing happens. There are many opportunities for action and tense moments, all of which are ignored. Every other drug lord in the world should have been immediately moving in on the territory, but no, they just supposedly complain about their drug shipments, that's all. Far too much describing of stuff instead of showing or...more
I really loved this book as it was a great follow up to the house of scorpion. The plot was interesting. The only thing that I was disappointed with was that the initial 150 pages were slow and then the last 70 pages were amazingly intense and I wasn't really able to keep up and I had to re-read some pages to understand what was going on but it really helped as every time i re-read a page i would interpret it differently and that gave me a greater understanding of the book, characters and the pl...more
Kay Mcgriff
I first met Matteo Alacran when he was still the clone of El Patron in The House of the Scorpion. I cheered when he escaped his fate and cried when he learned of the cruelty of El Patron that even reached out from beyond the grave. When I learned that Nancy Farmer had written a sequel, I wasn't sure what to think. Of course, I wanted to know what happened to Matt, but how could a second book live up to the mind-blowing experience of reading the first one?

I needn't have worried. The Lord of Opium...more
Kurt Wittig
Nancy Farmer’s The Lord of Opium was a joy to read. I quite enjoyed the first book, The House of the Scorpion, even though I found it relatively flat throughout. The dystopian content of Scorpion was enough to keep me interested until the very end. I enjoyed The Lord of Opium even more than the first book. Religion, agriculture, family, environment, are prominent themes in the book and presented with significance for Matteo’s life and the fate of the world. The reader is taken deeper into the co...more
Note: There are no spoilers for this book, but there will be spoilers for Book One.

More than ten years after the first book in this series, The House of The Scorpion, Farmer picks up where she left off - in fact, immediately after the end of Book One. The year is 2136, and the whole world has been divided into drug empires following ecological devastation. It has been three months since the death of El Patrón, the ruler of Opium, a dedicated drug-crop country between Mexico (now called Aztlán),...more
Bonnie Jean
I'll admit to originally being somewhat skeptical at the news that Nancy Farmer was writing a sequel to House of the Scorpion, but seeing how Nancy Farmer has yet to let me down, I figured I would give her the benefit of the doubt and give it a try. I was not disappointed (though that being said, Nancy Farmer has stated on her blog that she has absolutely no intentions of making this into a trilogy, and I really hope that is true). Farmer makes the problems that Matt faces as the new Lord of Opi...more
Aug 09, 2013 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
This is the sequel to the award-winning The House of the Scorpion, which came out in 2004. Matt, clone of the dead drug lord El Patron, is now master of the Land of Opium, his own country. All of the problems he saw as he grew up in Opium are still there. The eejits, people who have been made into zombies by having computer chips placed in their brains, are still required for Opium to thrive. Making opium and selling it is still the way that everything is funded. And everyone expects Matt to ste...more
Hannah Brenchley
I was so excited when I saw that House of the Scorpion had a sequel. Scorpion has been one of my favorite books since I first read it, and I was always captivated by the futuristic world and Matt's complicated situation. However, when I read The Lord of Opium, I was severely disappointed.
The book has almost no story arc. It's a whole bunch of Matt exploring Opium and struggling with becoming the new Patron, which honestly didn't interest me at all. The introduction and development of characters...more
4 stars...the only thing disappointing about this book is the fact that it will certainly become a trilogy with "The Bug" as the new antagonist. I am tired of the trilogy thing...although I am so glad that publishers have decided on three as the holy grail instead of 12---it's just too hard to keep up with as a reader and as a budget-strapped librarian!

Although Scorpion most certainly could've stood on its own, I am so thrilled that Farmer continued the story with this complex read. Although I l...more
While The House of the Scorpion did leave some loose ends, I found that The Lord of Opium tended to flat line a tad for me.

In book two we see the major characters with a few new ones added in to. I would recommend re-reading the first book before this one, to refresh ones memory if need be. Depending upon how long ago you read it.

This book mainly revolves around Matt adjusting to his role as The Lord of Opium. As much as I wanted to see more of Maria and Matt they were fairly well separated th...more
Matt is the new Lord of Opium, but with the death of El Patron there is a power vacuum within the drug world. Will Matt be able to maintain his tentative hold upon this empire, and what's more, be able to change it?

Nancy Farmer has written a solid follow-up to her award winning The House of the Scorpion. She continues to investigate the morality of her characters, such as is the sacrifice of the few for the benefit of the many worth the price?

I also found Farmer's inclusion of real-world scienc...more
This was sort of a let down after the first book. I mean, the first book was tight, well written with plenty of action. This one... well, the plot had so many tangles and the main conflict was hard to sort out. They sort of weaved in and out, loosely knitted and the resolution happened so fast and quickly it left me thinking that it hadn't resolved itself at all. Also, the author tries a hand at romance... and lets just say it doesn't suit her style at at all. I'll give this a three because the...more
The sequel to The House of The Scorpion is extremely disappointing. All the characters that are introduced in this story are forgettable and annoying, especially Listen and Mbongeni. Listen and Mbogeni’s purpose to this plot must be only to complain about everything they have to deal with.

The story is awful. Matt is now as the title suggests the Lord of Opium. Being the Lord of Opium, he has to deal with all the other countries and how they need their drugs. How does he go about doing this? By...more
This book continues with Matt, who has now become a drug lord because he is the clone of the previous drug lord. Since Matt has discovered who he is in the first book, this takes it to a new level of Matt attempting to become someone new. He wants to undo the drug regime and free the eejits, but there are so many complications in this process. First he has to survive as a drug lord, with a rival drug lord attempting to make that difficult. He is supposed to be ruthless, but that's just n...more
My first impression was I liked this sequel.... And then I started reading the other reviews. Hate it when that happens!

I liked that Matt had to figure out his new role, still in El Patron's shadow. And it really painted the danger of power very well. Unlike the first book, this second book doesn't leave the reader conflicted about El Patron. He's evil, and what he's left behind is terrible to consider. And so having Matt try to change this evil world is rather uplifting, especially when there a...more
Joey Torres
As with most sequels, I'll agree that this book was not as strong as the first. But by no means does that make this a poor story. This book definitely has a lot less action than the first book, tending to deal more with interpersonal relationships. Actually nothing really "happens" until the last quarter of the book or so. But Nancy Farmer does a fantastic job, in my opinion, of making you emotionally invested in the characters. As such, the pace of the book is a lot slower, which some people un...more
I rounded up from 2.5, because this sequel has some merit. I'm just not sure that Farmer is that good at constructing future reality that isn't full of holes. She gets around a lot of it by making the main setting, the country Opium, a relic of the past. The dictator has such a fond memory of his childhood, he requires most of Opium to use only technology from the turn of the 21st century. When we visit the present, the 2130s, certain things don't add up.

For example, how is it possible that no o...more
Matt, unexpectedly has returned to Opium and with the death of El Patron, discovers that he is now the leader of Opium. He has virtually unlimited resources at his fingertips, and along with that a large set of problems. he wants to unplug the Eejits so they can return to their former lives. He wants to dismantle the opium fields and stop the drug trade. Set against him are the other drug lords, the governments of The US and Aztlan, and the U.N. This is all quite a situation for a 14 year old to...more
Genny Shafer
Wasnt too crazy about this book. I enjoyed House of the Scorpion and was hoping the sequel would be just as good. It seemed rushed, not enough development for each character and trying to put too much in all at once. it also wrapped up a little too quickly for my taste. Oh well, it was at least entertaining and an easy read. I love reading about Tucson and the Biosphere 2 since i live in Tucson and have been to the Biosphere 2 for a field trip as a kid.
Martine Taylor
I loved "House of the Scorpion" and I was really excited about this sequel appearing so many years later. Both books have complex characters and complicated moral situations that appeal to me as a reader - for example: at what point do the ends justify the means? what makes someone human? can someone evil do good things? can someone good be capable of evil? But the second book in this series didn't work for me quite as well as the first. My favorite parts related to the biosphere and the scorpio...more
Joy Ramlogan
This is the second book in the Alacaran series and long-waited. It continues the story of Matteo Alacaran, clone, who becomes the Lord of Opium at the end of the first book. His kingdom is a very scary place not least because the violence of the drug lords, the desperation of the planet and Matteo's own interest in change is consistently well meaning but his young age and the evil of his inheritance combine to overwhelm. So do we all start off well meaning and ordinary and then circumstances con...more
Keito Nishi
May 29, 2014 Keito Nishi is currently reading it
I think this book is a just right book for me, I chose to read this book as this is the sequel of house of the scorpion which is a book I recently read and enjoyed. I hope to see the same or even better from the sequel. The ending to the house of the scorpion was quite inconclusive and therefore I cannot wait to see what happens next.
Feb 14, 2014 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: eejits, crots
Recommended to Kate by: Rivera
Shelves: ischool, teen-fic
Annotation: Set in 2137, between the U.S. and former Mexico, in the dystopic drug empire of Opium, The Lord of Opium, follows 14-year-old Matt, later rechristened Don Sombra, as he evolves from the lowly clone of recently-deceased leader El Patrón to ultimately embrace his initially off-putting new role as the Lord of Opium. Over the course of this evolution Matt must develop the requisite autonomy, courage and judiciousness to lead his people, address the plight of the subjugated eejits, change...more
Christina Ochoa
I started this book with low expectations, when it comes to such popular YA novels, the sequels normally slack off. As it turns out, I was wrong.
The story line is much different, considering Matt is The Lord of Opium. This book is a lot about him trying to end the drug dealing and be a more peaceful overlord. He wants to take out the opium plants and plant corn or something. I big part of the book involves him trying to save the ejiits. There is also a story between Matt an Maria that is somewha...more
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Nancy was born in 1941 in Phoenix and grew up in a hotel on the Arizona-Mexico border where she worked the switchboard at the age of nine. She also found time to hang out in the old state prison and the hobo jungle along the banks of the Colorado River. She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning her BA in 1963. Instead of taking a regular job, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to...more
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