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The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Drowned Cities (edition 2012)

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Title:The Drowned Cities
Authors:Paolo Bacigalupi
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 448 pages
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Tags:science fiction, young adult, read, post-apocalyptic

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The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi is connected to The Ship Breakers in that these are both YA stories and are set in the same location, but otherwise the stories are separate. This is the story of Mahlia, a young girl that has become a cast-off, a war orphan. Her father abandoned both her mother and herself. They were taken by soldiers and her mother was killed while Mahlia had one arm cut off. She was rescued by a young boy called Mouse and they lived outside the Drowned Cities with a village doctor. When a ferocious mutant called a half man escapes from the Drowned Cities, Mahlia decides to nurse him back to health, a decision that was to cost her greatly.

Tool, is called a half-man, but he is a mixture of many animals and has been trained to fight and kill. A superior fighting machine is exactly what Mahlia needs when she decides to go to the Drowned Cities and rescue Mouse who has been taken and inducted into the army.

I enjoyed this story, Palolo Bacigalupi’s vision of a future of high water levels and a lawless existence with various warlords vying for power is one that he has built upon in each of his books. There was lots of action, a lot of violence and blood-letting but this is a story of loyalty, survival and adventure. And although The Drowned Cities is definitely on the dark side, I did like that the ending of the book left the reader with a feeling of hope. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 24, 2017 |
The Drowned Cities is loosely linked to the earlier 'Ship Breaker', by the common character, the genetically engineered warrior 'Tool'. It is set in the same brutal, post warming United States, where the surviving populace are reduced to scavenging in the ruins of their former greatness, resisting the benevolent assistance of the Chinese, who have left them to their own devices in disgust.
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  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
About five years ago I read the author’s The Windup Girl and was blown away by his depiction of a near future dystopian society. I recently followed up with The Water Knife and was not a big fan. I ordered Ship Breaker, along with this companion novel, unaware that they were essentially YA titles.

As with The Windup Girl and The Water Knife, action takes place in a near future dystopia, marked by extreme climate change. Coastal areas are flooded and society along the eastern American seaboard has devolved into a civil war between rival warlords. Peacekeepers from China have abandoned the area and the inhabitants of what used to be Washington, D.C. fight for their very survival.

While I found The Windup Girl to be extremely thought provoking and original, this novel, The Water Knife and Ship Breaker read VERY simple and derivative.
Unlike many of the better written YA works, this book did not translate well to a more mature audience. I would however, recommend the author’s collection of short stories, Pump Six, which I found to be every bit as intriguing as The Windup Girl. Stick with those two, and leave the rest alone. ( )
  santhony | Jan 12, 2017 |
Very good. Not really a sequel, it's the same time period as Ship Breaker, but darker, with a different main character, more violence and evil. Tool is back in this one. I really want to know his story! Possibly the subject of another book? ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
This is young adult dystopian fiction of great quality. It is unsparing in its grim depiction of "if this goes on," and offers some compelling ruminations on the things that humans will do when we seemingly have no other choice. This is one we may want to hand out to the Presidential candidates who think: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" is still a relevant question. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
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The Drowned Cities is an adventure story, a thriller and a sharply drawn fable about the state of the world today. It succeeds handily on all three fronts
added by 4leschats | editBook Page, Heather Seggel (May 1, 2012)
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.
added by 4leschats | editPublishers Weekly (pay site) (Mar 12, 2012)

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In a dark future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, orphans Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities, but their fragile safety is soon threatened and Mahlia will have to risk everything if she is to save Mouse, as he once saved her.… (more)

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