The Drowned Cities

By BACIGALUPI, Paolo

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ISBN
9780316056243
Publisher
Brown


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2012  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 9 Up—This is a companion book to the author's Ship Breaker (Little, Brown, 2010). Tool, a ferocious bioengineered weapon of war that is part animal, part man, and built to kill, finds himself without a general and thinking for himself in this engrossing postapocalyptic novel. He begrudgingly becomes entwined in the lives of two orphan refugees, or war maggots, Mahlia and Mouse, and the pacifist Doctor Mahfouz, their guardian. Climate change has flooded the cities of America and made resources scarce. There is no centralized g...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2012

Bacigalupi expands the dystopian future America of his Printz Award-winning Ship Breaker (rev. 7/10) in this companion novel about the further exploits of the half-man Tool. The setting has moved north along the East Coast to the Drowned Cities (a.k.a. the remnants of Washington DC), a bleaker flooded landscape than Ship Breaker’s Orleans -- a place where "city and jungle bled into one." The isolated, ruined region is a battleground for warring political and religious factions, with fighting spreading out to the suburbs where two refugee "w...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2012

Bacigalupi expands the dystopian future America of <i>Ship Breaker</i> in this companion novel. A violent group of armed chil...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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