This modern classic takes on an iron-fisted drug lord, clones bred for their organs, and what it means to be human. Winner of the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Printz Honors.
Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium—a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster—except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.
As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón’s power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.
In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "In this eerily realistic depiction of society 100 years hence, the wealthy class harvests the organs of clones to prolong their lives. Farmer explores vital and soul-searching questions about what it means to be human." Ages 11-up.
I downloaded this onto to my iPad to read for a school project, and I hate reading. This is probably one of the only books I've ever liked reading. I thought reading for the first time was enjoyable, and I'm so excited for the author to release the next part of this book. I just hate it when they leave me hanging.
I had to read it for school. I was dreading it. When I was done I was glad I read it. It was awesome!
This book is a great read this is the 3rd time read ing it and it still a great book to read. Every time you tureen a page it is like stating a new adventure in the future. If you what a great story when you are bored GET THIS BOOK.