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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Ship Breaker (edition 2011)

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Title:Ship Breaker
Authors:Paolo Bacigalupi
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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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 |
This book takes us to an Earth devastated by rising oceans and resource scarcity, where many people are forced to disassemble old wrecks for scrap parts. Dark and dystopian, it does still hold out some hope for the Earth's inhabitants. ( )
  VanWambeke | Jul 24, 2018 |
Toss up between a 3 and 4. It's the future Gulf Coast and a band of poor beach dwellers have the job of scavenging old washed up oil tankers for the bosses. Kids are used to crawl through the tight confines of the gears and machinery. Nailer is one such kid. He's the best on his crew. He reluctantly works the scavenges with his crew member and friend Pima until they secretly discover a beached sailing clipper that foundered in a hurricane. When they find a lone survivor who is the daughter of a rich businessman they must decide whose side they want to be on. The definition of loyalty they've always known is redefined. Nailer must face his worst enemy, his father, which sends Nailer on a journey to save his new friend from her own enemies.

A good story with lots of moral dilemmas where sacrifice triumphs over greed. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
This author always comes up with something that both surprises and makes me think. He could be desribed as a scifi writer but he's more of a writer about what's our possible future. Have seen pictures of broken hulks on the shores of India being dismantled for parts despite the dangers to the workers. How different is that from what's described here? ( )
  abycats | May 11, 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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