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Ship Breaker (edition 2010)

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Member:roundballnz
Title:Ship Breaker
Authors:Paolo Bacigalupi
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

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I had high hopes for this book after reading multiple articles and comments stating that this was by far one of the best YA dystopian novels out there and being a YA and dystopian enthusiast (although, that enthusiasm is starting to dwindle after reading so many unimaginative and dull YA series/novels) I was expecting greatness and found it to be just okay. I found the characters to be the best thing about the novel and the dystopian world that they lived in was intriguing but I couldn't relate or put myself in their position and that's why I didn't think it was as wonderful as some find it. I'm a sentimentalist and horrible sympathizer and I need that connection to really love a book. With all due respect, it was good but not great. ( )
  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
In some sort of dystopian future (kind of, at least it's not an exceptionally bright one), Nailer, a teenage boy, works on a Light Crew, scavenging beached oil tankers in the Gulf Coast region. Life is difficult and very much day-to-day, between the dangerous work and his abusive father at home. All that starts to change when he and his friend stumble onto a wrecked clipper and the chance for the greatest scavenge he'll likely ever have.

I liked this one just fine, but probably not enough for me to seek out the next book in the series. ( )
  electrascaife | Apr 30, 2017 |
Damned impressive. It may be a dystopian SF, but it began to feel like an old school 19th century boy's adventure tale at the end. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 2, 2017 |
In what appears to be the first of a series, Paolo Bacigalupi expands on the grim, post warming world of his short stories. Nailer crawls the ducts of the abandoned hulks of beached oil tankers, seeking salvage to earn his keep, making his quota for his crew. After narrowly surviving a betrayal by one of his crewmates he finds a treasure beyond value, and which could change his life. If he can escape with it. In a world where city-killer hurricanes batter Orleans III, built on the ruins of the last 2 versions of New Orleans, this is going to be a struggle. ( )
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
An interesting setting, premise and characters turns in to a disappointing chase novel for the final l00 pages. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
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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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Caplan, DavidDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, JonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horváth, NorbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swaab, NeilCover 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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