I found House of the Scorpion between bleh to decent. I wasn't really hooked. I read it out of a whim because I have owned the book for 6 years now. And pushed it aside. However, I say a youtubers review on it and got intrigued. Finished it now and like eh. I might read the sequel. Heard it is a little better than the first one. So, I shall look into it.