Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Allow me to confess my deep and unabiding love for Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion. The novel tells the story of Matteo Alacran's first fourteenish years of life, from being created as the clone of a powerful drug lord in a post-apocalyptic Mexico to discovering the truth about his identity and about Opium, the land he's grown up in. It's an incredibly well-imagined and thought-provoking piece of middle-grade fiction. It definitely deserved every award it won, and then some.
Imagine my delight, therefore, to learn that Nancy Farmer has returned to this story after nearly ten years. I know there's the very real potential that this sequel will not live up to the first book, but I do not want to consider that possibility. The few Farmer books I've read are genius, and I am so excited to read about the next segment of Matt's life. Although there aren't many books that I feel the need to read in advance, this is definitely one of them.
What are you waiting on?