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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 14, 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?

©2013 Nancy Farmer (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Great sequel

Where does The Lord of Opium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not a book I would have chose but got lost in the drug world with Matt. A lot of this is down to the narrator. Really enjoyable and believeable in a weird way!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of Opium?

The funeral...

Which character – as performed by Raul Esparza – was your favourite?

The Mushroom Master, loved the accent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Could have done but there's work, sleep etc

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  • Ryan
  • 09-07-14

Wow wow wow

Would you listen to The Lord of Opium again? Why?

It's a excellent story. Read the first book in high school but I didn't know that there was a sequel to it, so I had to listen to it and it didnt disappoint at all. Keeps you going till its over

What other book might you compare The Lord of Opium to and why?

House of the scorpion. Because its the same kind of story filled with twists and turns

Which character – as performed by Raul Espanza – was your favorite?

All of them he gives the characters their own voice and uses emotions that keep your attention as if you were really there

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several but I'm not going to spoil it for you.

Any additional comments?

Great read for anybody that likes a good action packed story

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  • Joy Grimes
  • 09-01-15

Engaging

I would encourage everyone to read the first book House of Scorpions for the fall character development prior to this book.

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  • Steven Titus
  • 20-07-15

Love it

It's a great read, and a great second to the series... I hope for a third...

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  • Nicholas
  • 17-06-15

I love stories by Nancy Farmer!

What a great production. It reminded me a little of some James Bond stories near the end, but I still love the whole premise of a nation overtly called
Opium, run by a smart but wicked drug lord. I love the character of Mateo Alacrán.

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  • Michelle Perrigo
  • 28-05-15

Not your typical plot!!

Loved this book and House Of The Scorpion!! Both are great reads!! There are so many discussions that's could begin with this book.

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  • Sunglee Suaste
  • 31-05-21

An HONEST REVIEW

I’ve read the first book. If you’re like me you’re jaw dropped to find out a sequel exists!
This story has well cultured humor with trying too hard, creates an unexpected attachment to the characters, and even has you relating empathically towards villains and understanding a natural order to this worlds both loving and harsh realities.
Reading this as a sequel I must say overall the story is good except it leaves you feeling like the ending was rushed. It makes sense how it unfolds due to Nancy Farmer being a great story teller but because she’s a great story teller you can tell she could’ve put more detail into the events after the climax of the book. The climax by the way is confusing to identify because the event which had the most gravity to it defined by the stories specific build up ultimately played a smaller part in the grand scheme of the book. She should have made the book longer but of course this is something any reader would say at the end of a book they enjoyed reading. Again it is a very good read and I believe someone reading this book as a first and not a sequel will still be able to enjoy it greatly. The story overall does not fail to leave the same poetic and rich feeling of adventure the first book gave us it simply leaves a reader wishing they could’ve known more about how the ending events impacted the characters we’ve connected with.

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Personally once Marisol died I felt it go downhill from there. The build up of events and rich detail began to lessen after Marisol died. I think Nancy farmer fell in love with Marisol and gave her so much depth that other events lacked by comparison.

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  • Sarah Isabella Burchett
  • 04-05-21

wonderful sequel

I read House of the scorpion in high school. I just recently found out that there was a book two. of course I had to read it. really great job. I always wondered what happened next

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  • Wyatt
  • 22-04-21

Great book with an even greater performance!

Raul Ezparza does a phenomenal job with the acting in this title. I couldn't put it down for a minute. listen to the whole thing and less than a day and enjoyed every minute of it.
I would have loved to see a third or even a fourth novel in the series, but I feel like the author to define job with wrapping everything up all nice and tidy. love the voices, love the book, can't wait to hear more from this actor!

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  • Sandy C.
  • 20-10-20

Thinking outside the box

First you must read The House of the Scorpion. The intertwining of both book was awesome. Could not put it down. The narrator was great with the different characters. A must read, very enjoyable.. Give me more.

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  • Marc
  • 14-02-20

🦂

Raul's narration is fantastic. The story itself was quite a satisfying wrap up of the previous book. My one complaint was the last few chapters seemed shorter and I expected the conflict with the other drug lords to be more... explosive? However, the rest of the book makes up for it and it will remain one of my favorite books.