The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
I had great intentions to read tons of books this summer, and I started with this one. It took me a while to get into it, and I got busy with other things, but I finally picked it back up and finished it this week.
This book is so far out of my normal genre, and I honestly would have never read it if it wasn’t assigned as summer reading for my 11th grade students this summer. This book was already on the summer reading list before I came to my current school, so I had to read it in order to be able to discuss it with my students. I never would have chosen this book for myself, but sometimes it is good to get out of your comfort zone and try a new genre.
I typically don’t enjoy science fiction, and it did take me a while to actually get into this book and get to the point where I was invested in the characters, but about halfway through it started to get really good. While its not one of my favorite books, I think it was a good choice for my 11th grade students and it brings up some really good questions about ethics, individuality, and will be great for talking about growth mindset and how choices (not DNA) determine a person’s destiny.
Overall, I would recommend it for young adult readers (high school aged) and give it a total of 3 out of 5 stars.
Have you ever read this book? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!