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The Drowned Cities

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.

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780316056229

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Praise

A 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book

A 2012 VOYA Perfect Ten Book
A 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book
A 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2013 CBC at Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year Book

A 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2014 Tennessee Volunteer Book Award Nominee

* "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.... Breathtaking."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Bacigalupi writes with a furious energy that makes this brilliant depiction of an all-too-believable future impossible to forget."
Booklist, 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

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