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The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Dec 08, 12

bookshelves: dystopia, sci-fi
Read from April 24 to May 04, 2012

I really should have written this review 6 months ago! Doh!

Children participating in wars is the main theme of this book, and, either obviously following from that theme, or just from the fact that the author typically writes what he writes, this novel is dark. Kids commit horrible acts that are horrible even for adults. Layer on top of that the naivete of children doing these things and making these decisions, and it becomes a gut wrenching read.

Despite this - or, perhaps, because of it - the book is a thrilling roller coaster from one scene to the next filled with children acting like children - but with knives, guns and acid. The few adults that make an appearance do so from behind the scenes, pulling the strings of the young puppets from afar.

The writing was excellent, the characters deep, and the story was chilling. It makes you think about what it means to be human (much like my other favorite genre that explores this question - zombies!!!).

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Reading Progress

04/24/2012 page 83
19.0% "The dark rollercoaster of bacigalupi rides on!"
04/25/2012 page 131
30.0% "Finished preview version available on kindle... Waiting for full kindle version!"
05/04/2012 page 439
100.0% "Scary scary. Couldn't put it down. But was it 4 star material?"

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