The Drowned Cities

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 1, 2012 - Young Adult Fiction - 448 pages
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Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.
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.
This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi's highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.

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Review: The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #2)

User Review  - Tfitoby - Goodreads

It's like driving with the handbrake on. Paolo Bacigalupi is the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of one of my favourite all time books, The Windup Girl. It was for adults. It was brutal and dark ... Read full review

Review: The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #2)

User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

This is the companion novel to Bacigalupi's ShipBreaker. After 10 years, China has given up trying to civilize the different Armies and factions at war in the United States. The remaining Americans ... Read full review

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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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