Hi again! Here is yet another post on the Scorpion Project!! Today, I’m going to be talking about the book and its connections to real world issues.
The first thing I noticed in the book was how the future was literally the past. Ignoring some of the futuristic technology, the future seems very familiar. In the past there were so many issues of things like racism and child labor (there still is!). In this future, there is no indication of specific things like religion, however, there is so much disgust thrown towards Matt, who is a clone. Things like "filthy clone" and "a bad animal" (pg. 27) are used to describe Matt. This disgust is very similar to the disgust people in the past showed against each other based on what they believed in and how they lived. It seems as though people haven't learned from the past...
Then, there’s child labor. This is something that still happens today, but happened a lot a couple years ago. Again with the “the future is the past” thing! After Matt makes it into Opium, in the section “La Vida Nueva” (which means “New Life”), Matt is put to work at a plankton factory. Ugh. So much for a better life! Anyway, in these factories, children without parents or a guardian are put to work, and they get no breaks. None. They are punished with gruesome physical violence like whipping and beating up. In the real world, many children who are not as fortunate as us are forced to work in factories and make products by hand that we sometimes buy without even thinking twice! These children are sometimes even sold by their own families to pay debt. Obviously, the scenarios are very similar.
Other than just the scenarios being similar, while I was reading Matt’s thoughts and the other children’s opinions, it hit me. Most of these kids are uneducated (real world and in the book). After a while, their brains get so fried, that they begin to think that what they’re being made to do isn’t even wrong. Let’s look at Ton-Ton. That kid has brains, but the keepers have literally made him so that he can’t even think for himself! Ton-Ton doesn’t even start thinking for a second that the Keepers could be wrong because of the things that has probably been done to him. Now, I don’t know if this is the case for children in the real world, but it sure seems like it.
I really did appreciate Farmer adding these kinds of issues into her book. It really does open our eyes to entire world and what is going on around us instead of just our own little “first world.”