The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer audiobook

The Lord of Opium

By Nancy Farmer
Read by Raúl Esparza

Simon & Schuster Audio

The Matteo Alacran Series: Book 2

11.54 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this 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?

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Summary

Summary

As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this 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?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Once again, Farmer’s near-future world offers an electric blend of horrors and beauty. Lyrically written and filled with well-rounded, sometimes thorny characters, this superb novel is well worth the wait.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A stellar sequel worth the wait.” Booklist (starred review)
“Has an imagined world that will keep readers marveling at the sheer weirdness of it all…A vividly imagined tale of a future world full of fascinating characters and moral themes—a tremendous backdrop for one young man’s search for identity.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Nancy Farmer

Author Bio: Nancy Farmer

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, A Girl Named Disaster, and The House of Scorpion, which also won the National Book Award. Some of her other books include 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 Menlo Park, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.54
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English