I am always amazed at Paola stories/tragedies. Most science fiction books come of as formulated. In contrast, Paola's fiction is insightful and imaginative.
The descriptions of the physical world, especially the drowned cities.
There were many moments and they usually centred around characters being caught up by events and forced into doing things that went against their natures to survive. Sounds sad, and it was, but the book on the whole is uplifting.
Many futuristic books require huge leaps of imagination and acceptance of unexplained plotlines. This book's narrative was consistent and believable throughout. This made it very powerful.
Yes definitely. Its gripping and troubling and definitely worth the read. This is not a light read as it deals with gruesome topics: child soldiers, war and all its horrors but it is touching and well written.
This is one of those tear jerkers and despite it all, it leaves you with hope.
Dystopian yes but very adult, well written and the characters are so very real!
I tried to like this book, but there was nothing in it that I could like, it was dark, grim and brutal. The book was well written and well read but just not for me.
I'm a computer programmer from Massachusetts.
This is another book in Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker series. Like Ship Breaker, it's touching and interesting, with in-depth characters and a plot line which is not predictable. Like Shipbreaker, it's more than a little depressing. This is not the right book to look for if you want light reading, but the story is engrossing and will suck you in.
This is an excellent read for lovers of both science fiction and straight fiction alike. The action, characters, dialog and story are all wonderfully crisp.
The emotional components of the characters and the unfolding nature of their struggles and motivations made this book a cut above.
Joshua Swanson's voice characterizations lent a depth to each of the players in this novel. His character work really helped me get immersed in the world of the drowned cities.
I can't recall if I actually cried, but there are some very powerful human moments in this book. I think the realism of the dialog helped make these moments ring true and kept them from slipping into the realm of cheesy melodrama.
The story was ridiculous, not even close to description.
No clue...never have written this book?
Anger and disappointment. I have spent far too much $ to continue to accumulate crap work.
While technically a follow-up to "Shipbreaker," this book stood on its own (which I love!). The viewpoint characters in each case were so well-done that I felt sympathy for each, even though many were on "opposite" sides for much of the book. The narration was stunning, keeping even side characters in distinct voices. My only gripe is that sometimes the narrative kept harping on Mahlia's emotions and feelings (especially annoying because she was the only female as well, making me wonder if the author subtly reinforced that even tough girls are by nature whinier?) and sense of powerlessness. If I'd been reading, honestly I'd have skipped over a few paragraphs of this. Still, the book is marketed as YA, so maybe that's a YA kinda thing that I'm not appreciating. Overall, a well-done book, and one that I can fully recommend.
Not impressed with this listen. A lot of violence and mutilation for shock value with out good story and character development to justify. I will not be listening to next installment.