Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

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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.
 

About Paolo Bacigalupi

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Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimedThe Drowned Cities, as well as his debut young adult novel, Ship Breaker, which was a Michael L. Printz Award winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and a Locus Award winner. His debut adult novel, The Windup Girl, was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009 and won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His short-story collection, Pump Six and Other Stories, was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife and son in western Colorado.
 
Published April 11, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 337 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rather than kill Nina and steal the salvage, Nailer opts to save her, triggering a harrowing journey to the submerged cities of Orleans to find people loyal to Nina.

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I found it a tad colourless in places, but Nailer is a fine hero, complicated and questioning, always wondering whether he's doomed to inherit his father's failings or whether he can make his own destiny.

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In this world, a ship breaker is a person employed by one of the few surviving corporate entities to salvage wrecked ships savaged by storms known as “city killers.” The world Bacigalupi reveals in the novel is heartbreaking, but anyone who has read history will quickly grasp the giant backward ...

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The Washington Post

In the post-apocalyptic future of Paolo Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker," the world is sharply divided into "rust rats" and "swanks."

Dec 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

Suite 101

In a future dystopia of uncertainty and violence, teens Katniss and Peeta must work together to survive the Hunger Games, in both the book and the movie!

Sep 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

Tor

(This is a theme I’ve played with a lot myself, so perhaps I’m overly sensitive to it—Tool and his brothers remind me a lot of my own moreaux, as the setting and salvage economy of Ship Breaker remind me of the world I posited in Hammered and “Two Dreams on Trains,” though in all honesty I think ...

Jul 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

Common Sense Media

The hero, Nailer, lives a gritty, desperate life scavenging copper wire from the ducts of beached oil tankers while dreaming of sailing away on one of the high-tech clipper ships that are bound for higher seas and a better world.

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SF Signal

Besides Nailer there’s his friend Pim, a tough-as-nails ship breaker whose mother looks after Nailer because Nailer’s father is abusive and otherwise too drug-addled to care;

Jun 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

Bookmarks Magazine

But when, by luck or by 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....
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BlogHer

I'm a suburban mom with a technology background and the writer's itch.

Jul 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

The Ranting Dragon

Ship Breaker is a young adult novel by Paolo Bacigalupi, who received great acclaim in the literary world for his debut novel, The Windup Girl.

May 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

Escape Pod

They find a survivor — and in true YA fashion, she is the daughter of someone important — and Nailer must choose whether to kill her now or save her in hopes of a bigger payday.

May 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Ship Breaker

Jackson District Library

The girl, Nita, is from one of the big corporate families that dominate the globe and she promises them great rewards for saving her and helping her to locate her people.

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The Zone

In fact, Nailer's relationship with his father has not only served as a training ground that has prepared Nailer for the dangers he will soon be facing, it also serves as a symbolic microcosm for Nailer's relationship with the world itself.

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I should note that actual readers here at OT seem to have found much more of value from the books than I was able to extract from the movies, which I found entertaining but not much else.

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