Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book 65 and 66: Shipbreaker and Drowned Cities

In the Shipbreaker world, Paulo Bacigalupi has created one of more interesting dystopian societies I've encountered.  The broken US serves as his backdrop and the warring remaining factions as his driver.  Like The Windup Girl, PB uses environmental disaster to great effect.  But his biggest contribution is the incredible character of Tool, a part dog, part panther, part hyena human hybrid.  While Tool is the greatest warrior of the dystopian world, he is also it's greatest philosopher, even if its by accident.  His almost Jedi like pragmatism in a world gone to hell creates even greater awareness of the horrible mess.  I am hugely fond of both novels and look forward to more set in this world.

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