I read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi last year (note: I have to look up how to spell his name literally every time I want to talk about him. I always misremember it as Bacaluigi.). I wasn’t expecting to like it; it sounded very grim and dark and I don’t generally go for such bleakness. But it won the 2011 Printz award, so I felt like I had to read it so other librarians wouldn’t judge me. (Teens, adults sometimes have to read books they don’t want to read, too.) So I read it. It’s well done, if you like very dark dystopian futures. Which I don’t. So, I probably wouldn’t have picked up the book’s recent prequel, The Drowned Cities, except for one little thing. The Drowned Cities promised more information about Tool, my favorite character from Ship Breaker.