I'm a little shaky on what order I read some of these books in, but I believe Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion came next. In any case, I know I was on an extended YA lit kick, and I read it at about the same time as the others.
When I first picked up this book, I wasn't sure I could get into it, but my husband had read it and really liked it. It's a classic theme in YA lit — a dystopian fantasy — but it's better done than most of the ones I've read.
The book is set in a world where there is essentially no morals — clones are created and raised as organ donors, and people's brains are destroyed to justify making slaves out of them. In the midst of this, one little boy — a clone — is being raised with his brain intact, enabling him eventually to rebel against it.
The House of the Scorpion is an award-winner, and it's easy to see why. Besides its unique story, it is also very well-planned and a compelling read. I highly recommend it!