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The Drowned Cities

The Drowned Cities

By Paolo Bacigalupi

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Survival, Science Fiction, Friendship

Grade: 9-12


SLJ Best Book of 2012  |  Kirkus Best Books of 2012  |  2013 Tayshas Reading List


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.




★”Beautifully written, filled with high-octane action, and featuring badly damaged but fascinating and endearing characters” – PW

★”Arguably, 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. – Kirkus Reviews




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