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Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in News, The Drowned Cities, Writing | 2 comments


My new novel, THE DROWNED CITIES, will be releasing on May 1st. It took me a long time to write this one, because I took some wrong turns before I figured out the story I wanted to write, but I’m very happy with the final outcome. Here’s the cover:

The Drowned Cities Cover

And here’s the teaser copy:

Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.

In a dark 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.

This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi’s highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.

And this is the full jacket, so you can see the whole package.

Drowned Cities full jacket


  1. Looking forward to reading “The Drowned Cities”…My congratulations on the Hugo & Nebula…I have seldom seen an author win both in the 50 years I have been reading science fiction…

    Will there be a sequel to your Incredible
    “Windup Girl”…? Howard Berkman gave me a signed copy of it last year…You are well on your way to The Top, Child…Luck to you…



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