Set in a dark future devastated by climate change, Tool of War is the third book in a major adventure series by a bestselling and award-winning science fiction author and starring the most provocative character from the acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities.
In this gripping, eerily prescient sci-fi thriller that Kirkus described as "masterful," Tool--a half-man/half-beast designed for combat--proves himself 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 and all-too-timely page-turner that explores the intricate relationships connecting hunter and prey, master and enslaved, human and monster.
"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
Bacigalupi's intense and violent follow-up to Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities finds Tool a powerful "augment" made from animal and human DNA finally in control of the Drowned Cities (the onetime District of Columbia) after years of battle. Before he can take in his victory, he's attacked by a missile strike and barely survives. He makes his way to the small ship that belongs to Mahlia, who along with former soldier boy Ocho and his crew is running her own operation, smuggling art and other artifacts out of the Drowned Cities. Meanwhile, Tool's creator, General Caroa, is determined to end his existence after all, Tool has found a way to overcome his programming, and he answers to no master. Bacigalupi's environmentally ravaged world remains both richly described and terrifying, his characters diverse and complex. Through Tool, he explores free will and the consequences of humans playing at being gods. Not unlike the previous books, this amounts to a bloody, brutal race to survive, and is well worth the wait. Ages 15 up.