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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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This is a YA novel set in the same bio-punk post-apocalyptic universe as the award-winning Windup girl. Being constrained by the age of potential readers it is much simpler and more straight-forward, without some ‘adult’ themes or ambiguous characters. It always surprised me that a mild sex scene in a YA book is no-no, while murder or torture is tolerable – see examples from classics from The Treasury Island to Harry Potter. This novel has several murders as well, which post-apocalyptic novel doesn’t, so be warned.
The story starts on the western coast of the [former?] USA, where hurricanes and torrents bring old rusty tankers of a better age, which are disassembled for copper, stainless steel and aluminum. The main protagonist, Nailer, works for a light crew by getting into narrow parts of ships for copper wire and such. Paolo shows some of his anti-capitalism tendencies there but it is fine.
Overall a nice read, I enjoyed it a bit less than The Windup Girl, but I liked it nevertheless. Recommended.
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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Good fun. I gather it is classified as young adult fiction, but I don't see why beyond the ages of the main characters.

It's a very nice picture of an age when the ocean has risen maybe 50 feet. Lots of desperate people but then lots of privileged people too. Some advanced technology but more just adaptations to the difficult circumstances. No miraculous cures for our ills.

I read through this in a day. It's a genuine page turner. Nice plot twists and turns, nice ways to bring things together, paths diverging and converging.

No profound philosophical reflection here, but good action set in a thoughtfully put together situation. ( )
1 vote kukulaj | Dec 14, 2018 |
Primera novela que leo de éste autor, y me ha parecido muy entretenida y me han dado más ganas de leer La chica mecánica o Cuchillo de Agua.
Al ser una novela corta a veces da la sensación que las cosas pasan muy precipitadamente, pero también se agradece este ritmo tan ágil. ( )
  Carla_Plumed | Dec 3, 2018 |
Started reading it without knowing its young adult fiction. That explains the flat writing. Good for young adults I guess.

2 / 5. ( )
  summerloud | Jul 27, 2018 |
You can read my review of the book here: http://www.thegenretraveler.com/sci-fi/travel-reads-ship-breaker/ ( )
  CarmaSpence | Jul 26, 2018 |
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Bacigalupi is a highly acclaimed adult sci-fi writer, and Ship Breaker won last year's prestigious Printz award for young-adult fiction in the US. It's a taut, disciplined novel, moving with tremendous coiled energy and urgency. 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.

Which is, of course, the essential question of every dystopia. And basically the essential question of every teenager, too. Why do teenagers like dystopias? Simple. They're looking for proof that there's a way to survive the one in which they're already living.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Paolo Bacigalupiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Caplan, DavidDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, JonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horváth, NorbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swaab, NeilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swanson, JoshuaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warner, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Nailer clambered through a service duct, tugging at copper wire and yanking it free.
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The blood bond was nothing. It was the people that mattered. If they covered your back, and you covered theirs, then maybe that was worth calling family. Everything else was just so much smoke and lies. (p. 274)
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Even at night, the wrecks glowed with work. The torch lights flickered, bobbing and moving. Sledge noise rang across the water. Comforting sounds of work and activity, the air tanged with the coal reek of smelters and the salt fresh breeze coming off the water. It was beautiful.

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.

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Set initially in a future shanty town in America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being disassembled for parts by a ragtag group of workers, we meet Nailer, a teenage boy working the light crew, searching for copper wiring to make quota and live another day. The harsh realities of this life, from his abusive father to his hand-to-mouth existence, echo the worst poverty in the present-day third world.

When an accident leads Nailer to discover an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and the lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl, Nailer finds himself at a crossroads. Should he strip the ship and live a life of relative wealth, or rescue the girl, Nita, at great risk to himself and hope she'll lead him to a better life. This is a novel that illuminates a world where oil has been replaced by necessity, and where the gap between the haves and have-nots is now an abyss. Yet amidst the shadows of degradation, hope lies ahead.

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In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.… (more)

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