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"Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces… She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die." In the dystopia of future America where violence, terror, and grief are felt by all, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to escape the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities and flee 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 comes undone. One is captured 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 actually be possible. Drowned Cities is the haunting companion to Paolo Bacigalupi's highly acclaimed Ship Breaker, which was awarded the Michael L. Printz award for best young adult novel and was nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Bacigalupi's novel The Windup Girl also won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in 2010. He resides in western Colorado with his wife and son.