Oh! So close! I had to change my TBR a bit (since I forgot which book was for which challenge) but I managed to meet six of the seven reading challenges. I blame this on poor time management (mostly on my part). After my coin toss book I read the other books in a random fashion just to see what my mood is.
I started a day late into the start of Booktubeathon. I finally picked up The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer which was what a coin toss decided for me. This book has been on my bookshelf for the longest time ever since I saw it in one of Kat from Katytastic’s videos.
Matteo Alacran has lived his whole life on a compound when he suddenly struggles to understand his existence once he learns his DNA comes from an opium lord. There are a wealth of characters who would rather do him harm, and once circumstance grow more dire his only chance of survival is now escape.
There is time taken to build up our understanding of who Matteo is and his childhood. The book is sectioned off to age ranges so we have an idea of what he experienced at certain points in his life. There are mentions of abuse and mistreatment, but Matteo eventually has people who love and support him. There is a question of morality that always comes up when talking about clones. I loved how this was topic was explored because there is a pleura of people and reactions that are in this book to understand why the topic can become heated. However, the story does not revolve around his life on the compound but also on how to live his life once he escapes.
Reading challenge met: Let a coin toss decide your first read.