Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi
About: If you have read Shipbreaker or Drowned Cities, then you have already met Tool and been introduced to his world – a world where the seas have risen and completely changed life as we know it. Los Angeles, DC, and New Orleans are all mostly submerged cities where giant storms wreak havoc. Large corporations run the world rather than governments. Small factions of soldiers fight in never-ending battles for territory. In this book, Tool is the leader of the faction winning to take control of DC. Tool is an augment – a bioengineered half-man/half-beast super-soldier. He was created and then conditioned to be a loyal fighting machine who would obey his master’s every command. But Tool manages to overcome his conditioning long enough to flee his master and the corporation that owns him. Now his master has decided he wants him destroyed and he is willing to sacrifice anything in order to make that happen.
Roben says: This is the third book in my favorite dystopian series. The first two books – Shipbreaker and Drowned Cities – are companion books. You can read either of them first. They are tied together by Bacigalupi’s amazing world building and the character of Tool. But you do need to read both of them before you pick up Tool of War. This third (and probably final?) book ties the characters introduced in the first two books together. And, of course, introduces a few new ones. The author addresses issues of slavery, the cost of war, the results of climate change, and the concept of our behavior being pre-determined by our genetic makeup in a thought-provoking way. A bit of a trigger warning – the books are quiet violent. Bullets fly, bodies are blown apart, and lots of people die. But you’ll have to read the book to figure out who survives and who doesn’t.