Post by Ashley
I totally agree with the reviewer on the back of this book. "It's a pleasure to read science fiction that doesn't rely on violence as the solution to complex problems of right and wrong." Admittedly, when I read that quote before I read the book, I felt a tiny bit disappointed. After all, it's the big climactic action battle scenes that so often make sci-fi fun to read. Don't get me wrong---I'm definitely not one for lots of blood and gore. But a good underdog hero vs. big-bad villain fight always gets the adrenaline pumping.
This book, however, was totally different and in no way a let-down. In fact, I think it's one of the most original sci-fi futuristic books I've ever read. It was such an intense intellectual thriller, kinda like Stephenie Meyer's The Host, only totally different. Make sense?
Anyway ... I loved The House of the Scorpion. And it only won a Newberry Honor. Looks like Crispin: The Cross of Lead got the Newberry in '03. I think Scorpion got jipped, personally. I guess the other two medals on the cover make up for it, though. :)