- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316056243
- ISBN-13: 978-0316056243
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 197 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In the ruins of an America toppled by greed, gas shortages, and flooding caused by climate change, civil war runs rampant. Orphans Mahlia and Mouse have been taken in by a kindly doctor, but when they cross the wrong soldier boys, even he may not be able to save them. Mahlia has turned hateful and pessimistic since the maiming that left her without a right hand. She decides that hope lies in saving a bioengineered soldier-beast, a half-man, who could protect her as she flees the Drowned Cities. It is only when Mouse is taken by soldier boys that Mahlia turns deep into the city's broken heart to try to rescue him. Joshua Swanson brings to life Bacigalupi's dark and compelling companion (2012) to his Printz Award-winning title, Ship Breaker (2010, both Little, Brown). Good pacing and staunch delivery keep listeners on the edge of their seats as Mahlia and Mouse fight to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. The inclusion of a creepy half-man ratchets up the tension a notch for the whole second half of the listening experience. In libraries where patrons are clamoring for solid dystopian novels, this will be a solid choice.-Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book
"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
* "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
* "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
* "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
* "Bacigalupi brings to life a post-apocalyptic America that thrills the mind."―VOYA, starred review
"A compelling read, this engaging book does not glorify war and violence, but shows its true nature."―School Library Journal
"A new Paolo Bacigalupi novel is reason to celebrate--no matter how old you are."―The Associated Press
"A heartbreaking tale of loyalty and the fight to survive."―Library Media Connection
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I felt like there was some plot recycling.
Overuse of the word ropy.
"You build cloud castles from dream smoke."
WHAT I LOVED
As per usual with Paolo, tension and pacing are great. Some of the best I've ever read.
Ocho's character development from start to finish.
Here is a big duh - The character Tool. I love him so much, I'm going to create a section just for him.
TOOL - and the many ways I love his character
1) The sheer mass of him. Why is this so fascinating to me?
2) Animal-like qualities.
3) Intelligence. And not just stated, demonstrated time after time.
4) He gets treated badly by pretty much everyone, but yet he embodies the good part about humans better than any human.
5) He's stronger, smarter, and more fierce than any opponent.
6) He gets the job done.
7) He's a castoff, and I ache for him.
Well done, Paolo, well done.
The Drowned Citites is a "less nice" story than Ship Breaker, less straightforward, more violent, more filled with despair. This book explores the very grim scenario of civil war. There are not heroes here, only a lot of people trying their best to survive, to escape, to remain as sane as possible in the madness that surrounds them.
As other reviewers have said, this is a very violent story. As violent as civil wars get, there is a lot of upleasant words like "rape" and "mutilation" and "child soldiers" in this book. If you want to read a happy ending, don't let Ship Breaker misguide you, The Drowned Cities hasn't one.
This book feels also like the chance for one of Ship Breaker's best characters to shine by his own. Yes, this is a book about Tool. If you read Ship Breaker, you know what I'm talking about; if you didn't, well, trust me: it's a good thing.
A good read, you'll be through it before you know it, and still you won't be dissapointed.