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ISBN13: 9780316056229
ISBN10: 0316056227
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This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi's Michael L. Printz Award winner Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.

In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man — a bioengineered war beast named Tool — who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.

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"Suzanne Collins may have put dystopian literature on the YA map with The Hunger Games...but Bacigalupi is one of the genre's masters, employing inventively terrifying details in equally imaginative story lines." Los Angeles Times

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"Beautifully written, filled with high-octane action, and featuring badly damaged but fascinating and endearing characters, this fine novel tops its predecessor and can only increase the author's already strong reputation." Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"The novel's greatest success lies in the creation of a world that is so real, the grit and decay of war and ruin will lay thick on the minds of readers long after the final page. The narrative, however, is equally well crafted....Breathtaking." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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"Bacigalupi writes with a furious energy that makes this brilliant depiction of an all-too-believable future impossible to forget. A story that will resonate beyond its final page." Booklist, starred review

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"Bacigalupi's intense, action-filled novel is a heartbreaking and powerfully moving portrait of individual resiliency amidst extreme circumstances that rivals, if not surpasses, the excellence of its predecessor." The Horn Book, starred review

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"Bacigalupi brings to life a post-apocalyptic America that thrills the mind." VOYA, starred review

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"A compelling read, this engaging book does not glorify war and violence, but shows its true nature." School Library Journal

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"A new Paolo Bacigalupi novel is reason to celebrate — no matter how old you are." The Associated Press

About the Author

Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities, as well as his debut young adult novel, Ship Breaker, which was a Michael L. Printz Award winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and a Locus Award winner. His debut adult novel, The Windup Girl, was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009 and won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His short-story collection, Pump Six and Other Stories, was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife and son in western Colorado.

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Beverly B, August 10, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
I knew it would be hard to match or top the first book in this series, Shipbreaker, for excitement, intensity, fascinating characters and moral dilemmas. The excitement, the moral dilemmas and intensity in The Drowned Cities are actually are more prominent. The characters are even more beaten down by the violence and suffering they endure. The setting is the same, but almost unrecognizable because of all of the destruction and decay. The characters are new. Mouse and Mahlia are refugees hiding out in the wetlands trying to stay alive. Adult and more mature readers will pick up on the strong similarities to current world events. They are a huge part of The Drowned Cities - child soldiers being brain washed into amoral killing machines, warlords committing mass murder over control of resources, peace keepers pulling out and leaving chaos and violence to rule, both sides claiming to be the true patriots and moral saviors of the country. Mahlia is determined to save Mouse from the soldiers who have captured him even though she knows she will probably be killed in the process. Her only ally is Tool, the half man, half beastly predator from Shipbreaker. Tool is the most interesting character especially for readers who remember him from Shipbreaker. Tool has changed. Since Shipbreaker, Tool has discovered that he is more than his genetics, that he can set his own life plan and use his genetic modifications to help him achieve his goals - which does not mean he has become warm and friendly. He is still a terrifying, almost indestructible killer, but on his terms. The Drowned Cities gives the reader much more history than Shipbreaker did on how the wars started and why they don't end. The Drowned Cities also gives the reader a hint on what may finally turn things around (in book 3, maybe?).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316056229
Author:
Bacigalupi, Paolo
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316056229 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Suzanne Collins may have put dystopian literature on the YA map with The Hunger Games...but Bacigalupi is one of the genre's masters, employing inventively terrifying details in equally imaginative story lines."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written, filled with high-octane action, and featuring badly damaged but fascinating and endearing characters, this fine novel tops its predecessor and can only increase the author's already strong reputation."
"Review" by , "The novel's greatest success lies in the creation of a world that is so real, the grit and decay of war and ruin will lay thick on the minds of readers long after the final page. The narrative, however, is equally well crafted....Breathtaking."
"Review" by , "Bacigalupi writes with a furious energy that makes this brilliant depiction of an all-too-believable future impossible to forget. A story that will resonate beyond its final page."
"Review" by , "Bacigalupi's intense, action-filled novel is a heartbreaking and powerfully moving portrait of individual resiliency amidst extreme circumstances that rivals, if not surpasses, the excellence of its predecessor."
"Review" by , "Bacigalupi brings to life a post-apocalyptic America that thrills the mind."
"Review" by , "A compelling read, this engaging book does not glorify war and violence, but shows its true nature."
"Review" by , "A new Paolo Bacigalupi novel is reason to celebrate — no matter how old you are."
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