The House of the Scorpion

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. :)


  1. Oh! You've just posted about one of my all-time favorite authors! Is this the first book of Nancy Farmer that you've read? I"m so glad you loved it. Did you know she is writing a sequel to this? (TOTALLY stoked) You should try her Sea of Trolls next. It is the coolest blend of historical fantasy I've ever read. And it has an awesome little twist at the end (nothing big to the plot, but just like "oh wow. That's really cool").

  2. This is the first book of hers that I've read. I'll definitely have to check more out. Thanks for the tip! And a sequel? Awesome!!


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