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The House Of The Scorpion Review (7/10)

The House Of The Scorpion Review

Walt O’Connor

            The House of the Scorpion is a book set about half a century in the future in a country called Opium, which lies between America and what once was Mexico. The book tracks the life of Matteo Alacran, who is the clone of the incredibly wealthy and powerful leader of Opium. After about 15 years of living in opium, Matt learns that he was the 9th clone that was just kept around to provide replacement organs to the 150-year-old leader. Matt escapes before having his organs harvested and has to find a new life in Aztlan, the communist nation that replaced Mexico.


Score: 7/10


            This book to me felt like just another generic dystopian future novel that is flooding the market after “The Hunger Games” was released, it had some good and unique parts, but the ending of the book which logically made little sense to me and somewhat ruined all the good parts. Evens so this book is not too bad of a read, and I felt it was worth my time. This book is more geared towards middle school students but is a good read if you enjoyed other books following the dystopian future model such as the Hunger Games.

Walt O’Connor



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Uncle Tom’s Cabin Review [rating: 9/10]

Mary Barnett

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Review

     Tom is a devout Christian slave who is sold from slaveholder to slaveholder as he moves deeper into the South.  He enkindles the hearts of many, but he is eventually auctioned off to a cruel man that is incapable of change.  Tom refuses to defy his Christian faith even when the slaveholder says it will result in death.  When Tom refuses to beat the other slaves and reveal the whereabouts of two female slaves, Tom is beaten to death.   Tom’s life ended in a way that many may view as tragic.  However, there is much jubilation among the slaves who survived and escaped slavery.

     Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a very realistic portrayal of life for many Southern slaves of the time.  We want to overlook the shameful eras of our country, but the author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, not only forces the reader to examine the horror of slavery, but to empathize with the slaves.  Stowe wrote a lengthy compelling story which could have been told in a couple hundred less pages, but she still created a forceful, moving, and influential novel.  I would give Uncle Tom’s Cabin a 9 on a scale from 1-10.

Symbolism is commonly used by Stowe throughout the novel.  Tom’s cabin symbolizes tranquility and hope for freedom.  The North and the South represent freedom versus slavery.  Tom’s soliloquies address a clear moral, and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing style is very hopeful.

A mature audience with Christian values would enjoy Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Those who value faith in God would understand Tom.  Some book reviewers have criticized the novel, because they believe Tom is a ridiculous character. Tom’s Christ-like character would offend the cynical reader.  The audience must be able to be open-minded to Tom’s decisions, which are based on his Christian morals, not his will to survive.  Harriet Beecher Stowe was the daughter of a minister, and her ability to attach Christian morals to slaves resulted in a very inspirational book that some believe provoked the Civil War.

~Mary Barnett

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