My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
This is a dystopian tale filled with the strong praying on the weak. The violence and intent of some of the characters is disturbing. Included in the story is a man beast that makes it a little more interesting but really adds little to the final product. I listened to the entire thing but it's not one I'll come back to.
A far reaching dystopia that keeps ones interest throughout. A dark story line that will continue to provide material on many levels. When is the next book expected.
I REALLY enjoyed the 'sister novel' Ship Breaker that's set in the same universe. I listened to the two books back to back and had high hopes when starting The Drowned Cities but it never took of. The characters weren't as well developed as in Ship Breakers and although the storyline is scary realistic and the dystopia knife sharp The Drowned Cities didn't manage to draw me in the way Ship Breakers did. That being said it is still a well above average novel, not only in the genre but overall. The narration is GREAT and it's well worth a credit - It might very well be just that I enjoyed Ship Breakers so much that my expectations were a bit high.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
The second book in the ‘Ship Breakers’ series is much the same as the first. The authors writing is good, but the plot doesn’t seem to move and the story, dialog and characters are just too juvenile for me.
I let a few mispronunciations slip by until the narrator told me that "Melia stared at them duly". No, Melia stared at them dully!! This is not erudite english. Don't these narrators graduate from high school? This is the 4th book in a row where the narrators have mispronounced various words and names of places, companies and famous people. Audible needs to be choosier, pay better, pre-qualify, or whatever it takes to find people who are proficient enough with their language and culture to read a book to us with some expertise! It ruins a listen to have to come out of the story to correct an ignorant reader. Jeez!!
This is not for the faint of heart. Excellently written story. Resonates with many current issues. Excellent for full alertness and speedy knitting on a long car trip. Not a dull moment.
Had I not gotten this in part by using a $10 coupon, I would have returned it. Cannot imagine that anyone would think this is better than Ship Breaker. Without reading the reviews I was expecting a sequel vs a "companion" book. With the frequent mention of Patel Global I kept waiting for the characters from Ship Breaker to emerge. Neither of these companion books come anywhere near the Windup Girl. Other than Tool, the main characters are not at all particularly compelling and there is not much plot.
I think this is a very original story with an interesting setting and characters. Maybe it is just the time of year or maybe just my mood, but I just found this too depressing to finish. For me that is saying a lot because I rarely abandon a book. Maybe it would get better, something good (or at least not so terrible) could possibly happen to one of the principle characters, but I had to quit while I could still move out from the black cloud of depression.
Okay, that's probably a bit of an exaggeration but I'm on to lighter fare. I might like this much better in the spring or summer when there is lots of sunlight and fresh air.