The Drowned Cities

By Paolo Bacigalupi

This exciting spouse to Paolo Bacigalupi's Michael L. Printz Award winner Ship Breaker is a haunting and strong tale of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.
In a dismal destiny the US the place violence, terror, and grief contact every body, younger refugees Mahlia and Mouse have controlled to go away in the back of the war-torn lands of the Drowned towns via escaping into the jungle outskirts. but if they find a wounded half-man--a bioengineered struggle beast named Tool--who is being hunted through a vengeful band of infantrymen, their fragile life quick collapses. One is taken prisoner via cruel soldier boys, and the opposite is confronted with an most unlikely determination: probability every thing to avoid wasting a chum, or flee to a spot the place freedom may perhaps ultimately be possible.

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I can’t lose you. I can’t lose you. ” And as she stated it, she knew it used to be actual. She’d misplaced too many. She couldn’t take any longer. every thing of her outdated lifestyles have been ripped away. instead, there has been simply Mouse. Mouse used to be untouchable. He had the Fates Eye on him. Soldier boys didn’t see him. Bullets ignored him. nutrition regularly chanced on him. Mouse was once a survivor. He needed to live on. And Mahlia used to be terrified to achieve that she could do something to ensure of it. “Damn, Mahlia,” Mouse acknowledged. “I imagine you actually may pass over me if I bit the bullet. ” He was once nonetheless guffawing. attempting to shake her off, after which he began to hit her, pounding her with all his energy. “You have been past due! ” he shouted as he beat on her. after which he began to cry. Sobs wracked his small body. “You have been overdue. ” 14 IT TOOK your time to get Mouse calmed down and get the tale from him, in addition to to inform the tale in their personal reports with the UPF soldier boys. The half-man lay in a hole round the corner, huddled among banyan roots, like a few form of useless troll from a fairy story. Mouse squatted at the swamp financial institution and stared throughout on the creature’s corpse. He driven crimson hair off his freckled face. “It allow me go,” he stated. “I dunno why. ” “Maybe it died too soon,” Mahlia urged. “No. It allow me cross. after which it crawled over there and curled up. Could’ve performed me, effortless. Had lots left to sink me and confirm I by no means got here up. ” He shrugged. “Didn’t do it. ” The medical professional was once wading round the beast, staring. Even lifeless, the monster was once implementing. Mahlia had identified it earlier than, yet seeing the health practitioner status subsequent to the creature drove it domestic. The half-man were large. She considered the 3 useless soldier boys and the wounded sergeant again at health professional Mahfouz’s squat, and couldn’t aid thinking about what a monster like that can have performed if it have been healed and fit. The health care provider waded again to them, relocating clumsily during the muck. “It’s now not dead,” he acknowledged grimly. “What? ” Mahlia came upon herself backing away, even if she was once meters far-off from the massive physique. “The half-man remains to be respiring. those creatures are very tough to kill completely. ” Mouse’s eyes had long past large. “Let’s get out of the following. ” “Yes, i feel that’s top. ” The health care provider climbed out of the swamp and wrung brackish water from his dripping trousers. “The squaddies may be looking for us. I’d wish to be deeper within the swamps prior to they locate this position. ” Mouse didn’t watch for the medical professional to complete. Already he used to be headed into the jungle, hopping over roots and wading throughout spongy mosses, relocating deeper into the toilets. quickly he will be not anything yet a shadow among the moss-draped timber and crumbled vine-covered partitions of fallen constructions. after which he’d disappear completely. He used to be sturdy at that. The surgeon clapped Mahlia at the shoulder. “Come. we should always be on our method. ” “Where to? ” health practitioner Mahfouz shrugged as they walked. “We’ll move deeper into the jungle. There are constructions far and wide. We’ll discover a new position we will use until eventually the warriors go away. finally they’ll surrender and we should always be ready to go back.

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