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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Del Rey
Publication date June 1, 2002
Pages 638
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780345444387
ISBN-10 0345444388
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.85 lbs.
Original list price $19.00
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Summary
En route to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon, a ship carrying prisoners, slaves, and a few travelers, each with their own reason for leaving the city, is attacked by pirates, who bring the surviving passengers to a strange floating city constructed upon the hulls of pirated ships, whose leaders are hiding a sinister agenda. By the author of Perdido Street Station. Original.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations.

Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage—and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon.

For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave.

Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada’s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters—terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission. . . .

China Miéville is a writer for a new era—and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.

Editions
Hardcover
from Del Rey (January 1, 2002)
9780345449276 | details & prices | List price $18.00
About: A colossal fantasy of incredible diversity and spellbinding imagination.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780345444387 Book cover for 9780345460011
 
Reprint edition from Del Rey (June 1, 2004)
9780345460011 | details & prices | 578 pages | 4.00 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $7.99
About: En route to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon, a ship carrying prisoners, slaves, and a few travelers, each with their own reason for leaving the city, is attacked by pirates, who bring the surviving passengers to a strange floating city constructed upon the hulls of pirated ships, whose leaders are hiding a sinister agenda.
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from Del Rey (June 1, 2002)
9780345444387 | details & prices | 638 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $19.00
About: En route to the colony of New Crobuzon, a seafaring group of prisoners and slaves is joined by refugees, and when the ship is besieged by pirates, the passengers are brought to a floating city of pirated ships whose leaders harbor a sinister agenda.

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