The Lord of Opium

The Lord of Opium - Nancy Farmer (digital ARC)This sequel picks up right where House of the Scorpion ended, so you might want to re-read the first book before picking up this one. I liked the complexity of this story. Running a country is difficult, and Matt, sometimes mature beyond his years but just as often riddled with teen angst, is faced with one tough decision after another as he deals with the issues of individuality, trust, and sacrifice. While I thought the first book was better (and a tough act to follow), I did devour this one, and I enjoyed every minute.