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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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A great return to the world of The Shipbreakers ( )
  ExpatTX | Mar 31, 2014 |
I was looking forward to more adventures in this series, but Tool was the only character in common between the two books. It was still good. ( )
  gregandlarry | Mar 29, 2014 |
Very good book. Quite violent. Extreme thriller. Loved it 8) ( )
  Elliepoole | Nov 13, 2013 |
An excellent meditation on masculinity, and the horrible ways it is formed. I was disappointed, though, in how quickly the plot escalated. We could have spent less time on smaller plot points and the larger points could have been better fleshed out. Like most here, I preferred Ship Breaker, but this book was interesting. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
There are many things I liked about this book, but also several that did not sit as well with me. The relationship Mahlia and Tool is fascinating from many angles, and the depiction of a long, brutal war is uncomfortably accurate, in the ways that war should be uncomfortable. Especially a war that has burned through everything but the young and the merciless.

It's a good book, and well done, but I don't particularly connect with predominantly war stories, and for all its spec trappings this is a war story through and through, one that doesn't glorify violence--it's clear that violence begets violence without glory--but does wallow in it, particularly violence against women. ( )
  rrainer | Sep 20, 2013 |
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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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