The life of a boy. Yes, we’ve all heard it. He grows up, lives a tale of adventure, and falls in love. But this one’s different. Matt, the main character of this book, is a clone. He lives in the nation of Opium, the drug land between Mexico and America. He was born inside a cow, so he doesn’t have a real mom. He lives with Celia in a little shack on a manor run by El Patron, the drug lord who’s over 140 years old. Matt has to be hidden from all the other people living on the manor because they might take him and lock him up for being a clone. According to the law, a clone’s mind has to be destroyed when it is born, but since El Patron is so powerful, he could break the law. That’s how Matt came along.
Matt eventually falls in love with Maria, the girl he has known since he was six. She helped him live a normal life and sometimes even forget that he is a clone. He knows that he couldn’t live without her, so they decide to escape together. They manage to escape out of a tunnel but get caught. Matt realizes why El Patron has kept him all these years – he needs his heart. A newborn’s heart isn’t strong enough, and a brain-dead clone couldn’t live a few days. Matt decides to try and escape across the border, but what is there is even worse.
I loved this book, front to back. The characters all have distinct personalities, and the action leaves you at the edge of your seat. I think that anyone would look this book, and you should read this now! [That Girl]