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Ship Breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ship Breaker
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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.

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Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316056212
0316056219
Branch Call Number: y BACIGALUP 2010
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,22 cm

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A tooth-and-nail fight for life amongst the old world's wreckage.

So, what is life like on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. after the oceans have risen and all our fuel is gone, and you support your screwed up family by scavenging copper wire from beached tanker ships? Well... it’s dangerous. This is a great example of world-building, and it’s a dystopia that is actu... Read More »

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. First in series.

While tearing apart a wrecked ship for scrap metal in a post-apocalyptic U.S., Nailer finds a survivor, and now has a dilemma: help her, or slit her throat and sell her for spare parts, too.

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.


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This book was spellbinding. Great for young adults.

Dec 06, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most dystopiest dystopias I've read! his future of our world is caused by our use of fossil fuels and ignoring global warming. It's not really preachy about it - in fact it sounds eerily accurate to what we are experiencing now and the trajectory that Paolo paints our future heading feels unnervingly likely. The characters are just as fantastic as the world building. First off, there is fantastic diversity. It feels like an accurate representation of what our current racial ratios are like. There's also people with different virtues and flaws, and a wide array of moral compasses - no one character is alike. Definitely the most thought provoking read I've had all year. I really don't have anything bad to say about this book. Oh yeah, and even though it's a series, you could read this book and never know! I mean I'm definitely going to check out the sequel, but there's no cliff hanger so you don't need to feel compelled to. Yay!

This book is action packed from the beginning to the end. I just wish I knew what the title of the sequel. Loved this book!

Nov 20, 2012
  • PAIGE CHERNOW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredibly powerful dystopian novel that will appeal to adults as well as teens. It is set in a future North America (maybe 100 years in the future?) where oil supplies have been exhausted and global warming has wreaked incredible damage, leaving in its wake many drowned coastal cities. The main character is a teenage boy (with an abusive father) who scrapes out a living in the now-tropical Gulf Coast region by stripping copper wiring and other materials from old ship wrecks. Then he comes across a new ship wreck with a rich girl on it, setting into motion many choices and events. A page-turner that makes you think and really sticks with you after reading the final pages.

Nov 09, 2012
  • jillageyer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. And it's really awesome because it can be a guy or girl book. Definitely action packed

In the near future climate change results in the flooding of the eastern coast of the United States and the result is a disintegration of government and the United States is ruled by violent clans. Nailer, a young teenager, works with a clan who scavenge the abandoned ships for its cooper wire. After a storm he finds a damaged clipper ship and rescues a wealthy girl who was onboard. This decision has repercussions for his clan. A great read lots of action and strong character development.
This dystopian novel was the 2011 YALSA Printz award winner.

Sep 01, 2012
  • ely99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

wow! this was surprisingly a really good book.... i found it a bit slow, but it really picked up at the end...i hope there will be a sequel. As a big fan of dystopian novels this was actually one of the better ones. definitely recommended

Aug 07, 2012
  • Superman_Wu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Awesome.

Jul 20, 2012
  • daisy73e rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alot of changes on our planet could make every difference in our childrens future. It makes you realize how our planet is changing before our eyes.

Jun 26, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

We get off to a slow start in terms of character. Though Nailer's job and his broken world are vivd and sensory-rich, it's hard to sympathize with him because of the hard side he needs to show to make ti through the troubles Paolo Bacigulapi puts him through. However, we've adjusted to Nailer's scaly exterior by the time the real action starts, and his character arc really hits a high note at the end, where he and his father clash in a duel that can only end one way.

And man, does the action go: from near-fatal parental issues and potential betrayal at every turn to rough experiences in the city and an epic battle on the seas. Ship Breaker literally traverses a country, and it's an exhilarating ride across the world so vividly imagined and portrayed for us by Bacigulapi.

Nailer's accompanied by Pima, fellow crewmate (and all-around kick-butt awesome girl), Nita, the love interest who's everything and more that a love interest should be, and Tool, whose mysterious background really stole the show for me. Thank goodness he's getting his own companion novel, The Drowned Cities. (And OMG I love its cover.)

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Sep 05, 2011
  • OliviaSh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 19, 2011
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Dec 07, 2010
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nailer has worked, as long as he can remember, as a ship breaker on Bright Sands Beach on the Gulf Coast. As part of a light crew, he crawls into the smallest crevices and duct work of old oil tankers to rip out wiring and screws to sell for scrap. He knows that this way of life is coming to an end, soon he will be too big to squeeze through the small spaces and he will have to try to get a job on a heavy crew, ripping the ships apart piece by piece. It is back-breaking work, and there is no way out of this life. Nailer knows he will die on this beach.

Until he and a friend happen upon a wrecked yacht, caught on the submerged ruins of sky scrapers, drowned after global warming melted the polar ice caps. On board the yacht is more scavenge than Nailer has ever seen and he knows this is his chance out of Bright Sands Beach and a life as a ship breaker. If he plays his cards right he could be rich! The crew of the yacht is dead, drowned in the ship-killer storm that came through the day before. But one passage is left alive, a rich girl with enough gold on her fingers alone to feed Nailer's crew for the rest of their lives. But instead of killer the girl and taking the scavenge for himself, Nailer saves her life in the hopes that she will take him with her when she leaves Bright Sands Beach. But the girl's fate is more complicated than Nailer planned when he discovers that she is the heir to a fortune and her family owns the largest transport company in the world, currently undergoing a mutiny. Many people would like to get their hands on the girl, and Nailer has to help deliver her to her family.

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