Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Drowned Cities
We finish our list back where we started, with an amazing novel by Paolo Bacigalupi, the modern master of eco-themed science fiction. The Drowned Cities is a sort-of sequel to Ship Breaker, set in the same world but in a different region. Here, the sea levels have risen so high that many people are forced to travel by boat and live in the higher floors of skyscrapers that aren’t completely submerged by the water. To make things worse, the region is ravaged by brutal civil war that makes children into orphans and all but completely eliminates opportunity for anyone in the world. The Drowned Cities is a masterpiece that everyone should read.