Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker
By Paolo Bacigalupi
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011
352 pages (paperback)

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.…
In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future. (from

Wow. It was like the author took post-Katrina New Orleans, the BP Oil Spill, dystopian themes, and the crazy dog-things from The Hunger Games and mixed them all together into a unique & compelling story. Bacigalupi created a detailed world that was believable (as much as a dystopian novel can be). This book was action-packed, yet filled with a fantasy/whimsy that kept the reader engaged and hopeful. Amazing.

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