The Drowned Cities (2019)

The Drowned Cities Paolo Bacigalupi The Drowned Cities 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 the
  • Title: The Drowned Cities
  • Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • ISBN: 9780316056243
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
The Drowned Cities Paolo Bacigalupi 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 refSoldier 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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  1. Tatiana

    As seen on The ReadventurerThe Drowned Cities predecessor and loose companion Ship Breaker has already won Printz and was short listed for National Book Award, and rightfully so But I am wondering right now was it not a tad premature to give Paolo Bacigalupi all these accolades Because, frankly, The Drowned Cities is a far superior novel in comparison and, I guess, it is hard to expect similar acknowledgment of it, even if it is deserved It appears, most of these awards are given once and the aw [...]

  2. Emily May

    4.5Sometimes a book is just all that much better for being so disgustingly horrible For not glossing over the gruesome details, for keeping the reader hooked in wide eyed horror This is that kind of book The author doesn t waste his time on niceties, this story s about the harsh realities of survival and the unfortunate lengths that people have to go to in order to just stay alive This book is nasty and gritty, and yet none of the violence and gore felt gratuitous, and above all else Paolo Bacig [...]

  3. Nancy

    Posted at Shelf InflictedBeing unemployed can be nice It s been a long time since I ve been able to read a book all the way through, barely stopping for meals or a drink Since this was such a page turner, I surely would have been late to work or missed an appointment.Though this is the sequel to Ship Breaker, there is a different set of characters Mahlia and Mouse are two young refugees who fled their home to escape the terrible violence going on in the Drowned Cities Now they are in the care of [...]

  4. Catie

    4 1 2 starsMany of you and I m guessing possibly even the author himself will laugh me off this small stage when I confess that I find Paolo Bacigalupi s novels to be incredibly hopeful Seriously Now, admittedly, this is an author who writes all about the end of the world as we know it and what we ve done to bring ourselves here The Drowned Cities is about the irrevocable loss of childhood innocence, the harsh realities of survival, and the grasping, selfish nature of humankind His novels are no [...]

  5. Clouds

    I ve read 3 Bacigalupi books, and they ve taken the maximum haul of 15 stars between them.Why do I love his work so much It s hard to say He s bleak as f ck but he s also quite, quite, brilliant.This is a sequel, but it s a new cast of characters set in the same world as Ship Breaker It s a dystopian future civilization in the USA has collapsed The Chinese were peacekeepers, but even they ve left now and the land is a torn up mess of civil war, genocide and child soldiers rape and mutilation is [...]

  6. Adam

    I was a little saddened after finishing Wind Up Girl and discovering that the Bacigalupi s next book was going to be a young adult I find this an annoying trend of authors of complex, adult, and sophisticated speculative literature to chasing YA dollar Teens have everything these days grumpy old me says, leave me my speculative fiction So instead of rushing out and getting his next title I decided to wait and see I got my hands on both Ship Breaker and its sequel sidepiece Drowned Cities and rea [...]

  7. Jason

    4.5 stars What a great fun read This book was almost as good as Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi This is the second book in the series, but it revolves around an entirely different cast.Mahilia and Mouse, two likable young adult protagonists gave this book a lot of feelings and heart Unlike Ship Breaker this book was not as gloomy or filled with an overwhelming feeling of death and decay Nailer, from the first book, had a much difficult life and a far gloomier outlook on his future.Tool, the au [...]

  8. Paul

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.The physical world is oppressively present in Bacigalupi s fiction, as it is in Margaret Atwood s dystopian novels Oryx and Crake The Year of the Flood a world changed for the worse by global warming, with island nations wiped out and coastal areas no longer habitable a world further ruined by human shortsightedness, where genetically engineered plant viruses introduced into the environment by agricultural conglomerates in order to wipe out competitors crops have made gra [...]

  9. Annie

    I ve had plenty of time to mull over this book and my review, and yetI still can t quite find words for it There s just something about this novel, something about the way it just sucks you in, that it s hard to write about Let s start out, then, with some things about it that are concrete.The futuristic, dystopian setting is fabulous It s dark and gritty It s incredibly believable in a way that is unnerving As I wrote in my review of Ship Breaker, it took those mediocre dystopian The Giver ripo [...]

  10. Stephanie

    Set in the same fallen world as Ship Breakers , this book follows the story of Mahlia, a young girl left to survive on her own after the Chinese peacekeepers abandon their efforts to stop the fighting in what is left of the eastern seaboard of the USA, now called the Drowned Cities Mahlia is what the call a cast off, a child of a Chinese peackeeper and a resident of the Drowned Cities When her father is evacuated back to China, she and her mother are targeted by fanatical patriots for collaborat [...]

  11. Nancy

    There is a small country in West Africa called Sierra Leone which is rich in diamonds In 1991 a civil war erupted and left the small country in a blood bath No home was safe Families and friends meant nothing to many Common practices for recruiting soldiers were to kidnap boys at the appropriate age, drug them until addicted, then keep them semi drugged while they committed their first atrocities They were then addicted to narcotics they could only acquire through soldiering and their neuro path [...]

  12. Francesca Forrest

    review duplicates what I posted on LJ I loved Paolo Bacigalupi s Ship Breaker, the story of Nailer, a boy who works stripping ancient oil tankers in a globally warmed futureworld, whose life changes when he and his friend Pima discover a shipwrecked luxury clipper The world was vivid, and the characters were wonderful, so I was very excited to be entrusted with an advance copy of The Drowned Cities, which the publisher describes as a companion to Ship Breaker.The Drowned Cities does share one ch [...]

  13. Misty

    One of my biggest selling points in any book is tension I talk a lot in my reviews about tension, and generally it s because I m talking about the lack of it But what I mean when I talk about tension is a lot of things, actually It s not just the internal tension in the story, between characters, say, or two factions That s only part of it When I m talking about tension, I m also talking about the way your gut reacts to a story The best stories have tension you can actually feel They cause an ac [...]

  14. Tfitoby

    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 and filled with the vision of a genius The fact that he is choosing to waste his talent on writing for children upsets me Drowned Cities is a dystopian novel, filled with teenage characters fighting a multi generational patriotic war that can never be won His characters are simply trying to survive and [...]

  15. Nnedi

    I thought this was fantastic I love this kind of gritty, hard hitting, fearless YAwell, I think it s YA I don t know if it s YA I don t care It was a great read It was a little explain y but that was overshadowed by the wonderful characters and their plights Good good stuff.

  16. Suzanne

    Rarely does a sequel stand up beside an outstanding first book in a series and equal its quality and intensity, but this own does and DROWNED CITIES is actually better than SHIPBREAKER in two important ways It maintains a breakneck speed of narrative momentum without losing fantastic characterization and writing And even it requires less investment and time to get caught up than the original novel did, and because the world is the same, but the characters are different all except Tool even som [...]

  17. Jamie

    So, I thought Ship Breaker was as close to a perfect book as there could be And I thought this book was fast paced and breathless and dramatic But there were some things in this that have started to grow a bit tiresome for me.One of the things i loved the most about Ship Breaker was the suspenseful way they discovered Nita Thinking she is dead, beginning to rob her, only to have her come to life I also liked the way that Nita was so nebulous was she an innocent victim Would saving her walk them [...]

  18. Pamela

    My memory may be imperfect, and I may not be remembering Ship Breaker properly, but The Drowned Cities felt so much weaker, conventional, and less engaging than its predecessor It s set in the same world, and I think some of the characters cross over at least one of them does, I m pretty sure but I felt lost and disoriented in this area of the brave, wet new world the author has envisioned.While Ship Breaker took place around the Gulf Coast, here we ve moved up north to what the people call The [...]

  19. Jacqie

    I ll read pretty much anything by this author at this point Drowned Cities takes place in the same world as Shipbreaker, but there are no crossover characters except Tool Tool is pretty damn cool, and I want about him Hard to tell whether this came before or after Shipbreaker timeline wise.Our main character is Mahlia Her father was Chinese military who came to the Drowned Cities near Washington DC after flooding destroyed much of it to try to stop the collapse of American society into tribalis [...]

  20. Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.What does it mean when the one person you value most in the world is taken from you You fight back of course And that s what Mahlia does Mahlia is so unbelievably stubborn She just does what she wants and most times she gets in trouble when she makes the wrong decisions.Omg Intense and heart pounding I love this one Half men are scary as heck Can you imagine a human with coyote, dog and tiger genes running through his veins That s what Too [...]

  21. Dana

    Generally speaking, I usually really enjoy companion books that are linked to but not direct sequels of other books.I know that I m supposed to love this book, and that I m supposed to be moved by the fact that the author tackles such a heavy subject as child soldiers I think I m supposed to be able to react genuinely to the horror because, by setting the story in a dystopian future United States the Drowned Cities are the DC metro area , we can both relate to and distance ourselves from the hor [...]

  22. Bill

    I decided to read this and The Drowned Cities since I enjoyed The Windup Girl so much Ship Breaker is definitely YA and like The Windup Girl is a reasonable preview of how Earth will look in 50 or 100 years The gengineering is much less certain than their ecofictional aspects Four stars for the science, characters and plot Three stars for the complexity and layers It is all rather straight forward and obvious There s not a lot to think about unless you re ignorant about global warming or are a G [...]

  23. Jason Cruz

    I want to read this because it is the sequal to Ship Breaker and I thought that it was a good book

  24. Isamlq

    Ship Breakers was a bit slow and took a while before I was anything than just flipping pages only much later, after the people in it had themselves wrapped around me, did I give a fig Reading DROWNED CITIES was a little bit like that, only better Things went fast, that for sure There s a girl and there s and boy and they each have each other there s a doctor who s too good to be true and when things start happening and someone s about to die, I was split between her keep your head down philosop [...]

  25. Summer Rosswog

    Okay, I am a fan I should be reviewing strictly as a library professional, but since reading Ship Breaker, I have been looking forward to Bacigalupi s next Y.A novel The Drowned Cities does not disappoint In Ship Breaker, Bacigalupi created a dystopian future world set in the former United States He was not ready to leave this world and has written another story set in its Drowned Cities formerly known as Washington D.C and the surrounding area Fantastic He gives us a new adolescent protagonist [...]

  26. Ryan

    While reading Paolo Bacigalupi s The Drowned Cities, I found myself wondering whether a young adult SFF novel can discuss child soldiers.I ve seen young adult authors tackle emotionally charged themes before John Green considers suicide and its impact on the survivors in Looking for Alaska, while Sarah Dessen manages to discuss battery in Dreamland quite well.I d normally expect SFF to be excellent at taking on big ideas, regardless of how emotionally charged they are What SFF does tends to do v [...]

  27. Krista Stevens

    War is hell in case you didn t know even in the future in a dystopian world especially when it s fought by children who are pawns of the few surviving adults It took me a bit to find my bearings with this book as I kept expecting to see references to the first book Shipbreaker but there are almost none This story takes place in Washington, D.C which I could have figured out by the cover, but that explanation was slow in taking shape in the story and follows the plight of two children, a young gi [...]

  28. Andy

    More towards a 3.5 rating I think those of YA reading persuasion may rate it higher as it s a decent enjoyable read complete with moral dilemas akin to today s world without really taxing the noodle That might sound patronising, not intended to folks.Whats it about It s about a half man also known as a dog face, in reality an augment built years before via a hybrid of genetics from man to tiger to hyena, he s called Tool Then there s the villagers, The Doctor, a girl called Mahlia a lad called M [...]

  29. Minli

    The Drowned Cities is totally brutal I was cringing and crying and gasping throughout this book How can you do this to your characters, Paolo HOW COULD YOU

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