The Drowned Cities

By Paolo Bacigalupi

This exciting significant other to Paolo Bacigalupi's Michael L. Printz Award winner Ship Breaker is a haunting and robust tale of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.
In a gloomy destiny the United States the place violence, terror, and grief contact everybody, younger refugees Mahlia and Mouse have controlled to depart in the back of the war-torn lands of the Drowned towns by means of escaping into the jungle outskirts. but if they find a wounded half-man--a bioengineered warfare beast named Tool--who is being hunted through a vengeful band of squaddies, their fragile life speedy collapses. One is taken prisoner by way of cruel soldier boys, and the opposite is confronted with an very unlikely determination: hazard every little thing to avoid wasting a pal, or flee to a spot the place freedom could ultimately be possible.

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We’ll take the gator. sturdy consuming, evidently. Even outdated Mahfouz likes gator. ” Mouse used to be correct. The monsters have been useless. She used to be being silly. After the preliminary surprise of the half-man’s face, Mahlia might imagine via her response. It had simply appeared too human, that was once all. One minute it have been a beast; the following, someone. “You coming? ” Mouse requested. He was once taking a look at her like she used to be a few type of child struggle maggot who’d by no means rolled a useless physique. “You didn’t see its face,” she acknowledged. It was once submerged back, however it have been terrifying—beast and human welded jointly in an unholy combine. Her dermis crawled on the reminiscence of that visage. “If you were given no spine…” “Go grind, Mouse. I ain’t frightened of the useless. ” nonetheless, Mahlia shunned the floating half-man and went immediately for the alligator, ignoring the boy’s smirk. jointly, they grabbed carry of the large reptile and commenced hauling it towards shore. They paused to relaxation. Mouse leaned his elbows at the floating corpse. Wiped sweat out of his eyes. “Must’ve been epic fighting,” he acknowledged. “They obtained ring fights within the Drowned towns. Use their deserters and the opposite warlord squaddies. Panthers. Coywolv. whatever that’ll struggle. guess that outdated monster would’ve performed strong within the ring. ” “Sure, Mouse. Let’s carve up the lizard and get long gone. ” “Fight like this one, people’d pay pink chinese language funds to determine it. Soldier boys would’ve enjoyed it. conflict to the loss of life. Epic ring. ” “Soldier boys do every kind of dumb stuff. ” They begun hauling at the gator back, yet by surprise the going obtained gradual. Mahlia leaned into the burden, frustrated. Mouse beloved to bait her into doing the paintings after which slack off. common. “Grind it, Mouse! give up lazing off. ” She glanced again. “Hey! What you doing? ” Mouse wasn’t even supporting. He’d pulled out his knife and was once wading again towards the floating half-man. “Got an idea,” he acknowledged. “Come on, Mouse! I don’t are looking to be out the following at nighttime with uncooked meat. final time that occurred, we ended up snoozing within the timber with a number of coywolv down under. Let’s get long past. ” “We can promote its teeth,” Mouse stated. “Lucky enamel, off a true dog-face. what percentage soldier boys obtained genuine dog-face the teeth? They’d purchase ’em evidently. guess i will be able to locate this sort of soldier boys who’d pay me all types of pink chinese language funds. strong good fortune, correct? larger than a Fates Eye or a kind of necklaces the military of God thinks makes the bullets jump off. If we take those right down to Moss touchdown while Mahfouz trades for meds, we will be able to promote ’em speedy to the R-and-R boys. ” “You’re sliding. squaddies will simply take ’em from you. Pay you with a bullet, probably. in any other case simply recruit your ass. ” “I’ll get a nailshed woman to do the deal. They won’t even see me. No concerns. ” He reached the floating monster and leaned at the physique until eventually its face got here out of the water. He pried open its mouth and hefted his knife. “Damn, those dog-faces received loads of the teeth. ” The monster’s eye snapped open. 6 “MOUSE! ” MAHLIA SHOUTED, however it used to be too overdue. The monster exploded from the water. Mahlia watched, shocked, as Mouse flew in the course of the air and hit the financial institution with a rainy thud.

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