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The Drowned Cities is a 2012 companion novel/semi-sequel to Ship Breaker by author Paolo Bacigalupi. The only character from Ship Breaker who is featured in The Drowned Cities is the half-man Tool. The protagonists of this novel are Mahlia and Mouse.

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In a dystopian 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.

Characters Edit

Main Characters Edit

  • Mahlia
  • Mouse
  • Tool

Minor Characters Edit

  • Doctor Mahfouz
  • Jones
  • LT
  • Gutty
  • TamTam
  • Auntie Selima
  • General Sachs
  • Pook
  • Sayle
  • Reggie
  • Soa
  • Ocho
  • Mr. Salvatore
  • Tani 's
  • Amaya
  • General Caroa
  • Stork
  • Reyes
  • Sun Tzu
  • Alejandro
  • Gabby
  • Hoopie
  • Glenn Stern
  • Alil
  • Tua
  • Van

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