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By Paolo Bacigalupi

A gritty, high-stakes experience set in a futuristic international the place oil is scarce, yet loyalty is scarcer.

In America's Gulf Coast area, grounded oil tankers are being damaged down for elements by way of crews of adolescents. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the sunshine team, scavenging for copper wiring simply to make quota-and with a bit of luck reside to determine one other day. but if, through good fortune or accidentally, he discovers a beautiful clipper send beached in the course of a up to date typhoon, Nailer faces crucial determination of his existence: Strip the send for all it is worthy or rescue its lone survivor, a gorgeous and filthy rich lady who could lead on him to a greater life....

In this robust novel, Paolo Bacigalupi provides an exciting, fast moving event set in a shiny and uncooked, doubtful destiny.

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It's greater to not drag her into the open till we're able to run. ” “Run from what? ” Vine grinned, exhibiting sharp enamel. “The remainder of our unswerving workforce. ” 19 KNOT AND VINE have been speedy and effective, relocating from bar to nailshed to bar, looking silently and accumulating their fellows. They stated little to Nailer as they labored the Orleans. the remainder of the staff have been normal humans, no longer half-men in any respect. Wu: tall and blond and lacking arms. Trimble: thickly muscled, with forearms like hams and a tattoo of a mermaid on one bicep. Cat, together with his eco-friendly eyes and regular stare. Reynolds, with a protracted black braid working down her again, brief and stocky and with a pistol in her belt. Reynolds was once the 1st situated and he or she took command. At every one venue, all she stated was once “Nita” and the drunken team sobered or dropped their whores and got here away till they have been a fast-moving knot of muscle and naked metal slicing during the drowned city’s revelry of sailors and investors. It used to be striking to observe how successfully they moved. a complete workforce mobilized immediately on the invocation of fortunate Girl’s identify. fabulous to work out the price those humans put on her. until eventually lately, Nailer had in general considered her simply as a wealthy woman who got the muscle she wanted, yet right here used to be whatever else, this clustered tribe of weaponry and objective. overall loyalty. extra excessive even than staff loyalty within the ship-breaking yards. Reynolds pointed them to scouting destinations. “Anyone noticeable Kaliki and Michene? ” Heads shook. She smiled tightly. “Good. hold your eyes out for a person you’ve noticeable on one other of the corporate ships. we all know Pyce’s lackeys are round and they’re looking, too. ” She grew to become to Nailer. “Where is she? ” Nailer mentioned the drowned mansion that over-looked the Orleans waters. “Up there. in a single of these rooms. the place the timber are growing to be out of the roof. ” Reynolds nodded at Vine and Knot. “Go get her. ” She waved at Wu. “Bring the skiff round. ” Nailer acknowledged, “I’d higher pass, too. We observed another half-men prior to. Pyce’s. They have been looking for her. She’ll imagine you’re with Pyce. ” Reynolds hesitated. Cat shrugged. “Captain Candless believes him, correct? ” “Go,” she stated. Nailer ran to meet up with Knot and Vine. “She’s up here,” he stated breathlessly. He slipped sooner than them, top. They sloshed into the collapsing condominium, water splashing round them. Rotten stairs creaked as they made their approach as much as the squat. the home was once surprisingly silent. nobody used to be in it in any respect. not one of the different slum dwellers, not one of the different scavengers and dock workers. it may were jam-packed with the noisily snoring our bodies of coolie workers, all exhausted and subconscious from their day shift paintings. as an alternative, there has been silence. their very own room was once empty apart from the rusted mattress and its springs. Nailer got here down the steps to the flooded major ground, shaking his head, by way of the half-men. “I don’t get it. She’s—” A shadow within the waters moved, sending ripples. Knot and Vine growled. “Lucky woman? ” Nailer known as softly. “Nita? ” The shadow resolved right into a thickly muscled shape, slumped opposed to a rotting wall, water up round its waist because it sat, respiring seriously within the darkness.

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