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Publisher's Summary

This third book in a major series by a best-selling science fiction author, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award finalist is the gripping story of the most provocative character from his acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities.

Tool, a half man/half beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed. He has gone rogue from his pack of bioengineered "augments" and emerged a victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by someone determined to destroy him, who knows an alarming secret: Tool has found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters.... The time is coming when Tool will embark on an all-out war against those who have enslaved him.

From one of science fiction's undisputed masters comes a riveting audiobook that pulls no punches.

©2017 Paolo Bacigalupi (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Suzanne Collins may have put dystopian literature on the YA map with The Hunger Games...but Bacigalupi is one of the genre's masters, employing inventively terrifying details in equally imaginative story lines." ( Los Angeles Times)

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Not as good as the Drowned Cities

What happened to Tool??? He isn't the same character as in previous books. I'm not a fan of the change. It's a very well written book, but not what I was waiting for...

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Reads like an action movie screenplay.

I'm a little sad I bought this one. It is technically science fiction but the science and cultural aspects are only lightly touched on. It deals with conditioning of soldiers but really misses on it's attempt for greater meaning. The ending is also kind of a non-ending. No greater resolution or profound statement. The whole thing seems a little lacking and repetitive. Bacigalupi's quintessential and profound novel remains Wind up Girl. Everything he has written since seems to be backwash. I will continue to buy his novels though. Another diamond may yet appear.

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My favorite author!

I can’t get enough of this author. I find every book in this particular series is even better than the last!

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Another Triumph By P.B.

Great trilogy. Sorry that is concluded, but it was a find finish. Paolo, please write another adult novel; your last was Water Knife. I realize that YA literature is where the money is today. As fine as Water 🔪 w were of course Windup Girl. Plus I love the short, Dharma In My Pocket; all adult lit. Please, please tackle​ another environmental novel. You are a significant voice for the near future of the planet under climate change! I will continue to read and listen to anything that you write, but i am waiting your next adult novel.

Your fan,
Jeremy K.
818 640-1547

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Great Read

Always a great read. Never sure which way the story will go. How will the earth survive its abuse of the environment. Will man rise above the destruction or will a class system form from the ashes. Great story. Still waiting for the Windup Girl to return.

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GREAT JOB PAOLO!!!

What an excellent third book to the trilogy! I so loved all three books. Thrilling, creative, heart felt storyline. And a great writing style, so well written, am totally recommending to everyone!!

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a disappointing effort from PB

Ends (I hope) the Ship Breaker series and that's about the best I can say for it. Trivial story in what once was a fascinating (if depressing) possible future. Still, it wasn't a bad listen, but nowhere near Bacigalupi's best efforts. Sunil Malhotra did a fine job as the audio talent.

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Excellent science fiction

This series just keeps getting better.
I like this authors style and descriptions. I highly recommend the series

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  • Daniel
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great original thoughtful science fiction

Paolo Bacigalupi continues his drowned cities universe in this book. Readers should probably read drowned cities before listening to this book. Clearly narrated with an interesting original story and characters this book was a delight.

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Another great read by Paolo Bacigalupi!

Paolo Bacigalupi has done it again with this book! Tool is a great character and several characters from his previous books made appearances. The story was compelling, I finished it sooner than I wanted to. The end was satisfying and left room for further adventure for Tool and company. The narrator did an excellent job with many characters, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

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