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Paolo Bacigalupi
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Nov. 20 2010
"Bacigalupi’s novel The Windup Girl not only won the Hugo, but also the Nebula, Campbell and Locus Awards, the SF equivalent of winning the Triple Crown, plus was named one of the top ten books of last year by Time, Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal." - The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography 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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* "This thriller will grab and keep readers' attentions as Nailer and Nita 'crew up' in their fight to survive."-- "The Horn Book", starred review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Paolo Bacigalupi is a rising star in the science fiction community having just won the Nebula award for The Windup Girl. He is also the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story and two Locus Awards for best collection and best novelette. Paolo lives in western Colorado with his wife and son. Ship Breaker is his first novel for young adults.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ship Breaker Jan. 10 2014
By Joel Andrews TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Ship Breaker - Great book, I have read others from Paolo Bacigalupi, young adult or adult, they re well written novels. I recommend them for anyone who likes reading steampunk or anything on the outskirts of ideology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well done Aug. 3 2013
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I read "Windup" first and I was very impressed. "Shipbreakers" lived up to the promise of good things to come. Well done, Paolo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review one July 11 2013
i just love this book. i've read it like ten times and it does not ever get boring i think every one would love this book
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Wow what a world Paolo Bacigalupi has created here with Ship Breaker. I won't say this is the best dystopian book I've read but it's definitely up there as the freakiest in terms of a realistic or even inevitable futures -should global warming cripple the earth, the ice caps melt and all of our natural resources disappear.

Initially I was drawn to this book because it reminded me of a documentary I'd seen about families in India who lived and worked on the beach, eking out a living by breaking down oil tankers for parts (which is the exact scenario here) The extreme poverty, danger, expendability and daily fight for survival stuck with me and I suppose that's why for several chapters here I assumed this took place in a third world country, it does but that country is now on the US Gulf coast. For me this is where Ship Breaker shines; the world building here is simply awesome.

Anyways this was a great read, well written, unique and action filled. There are morality choices (love books that make me think, what would I do?) some romance (a hint of) pirates, hurricanes, knife fights, train chases, treasure hunting and a drug addicted antagonist who also just happens to be the hero's father. Yeah he was a very bad man. Come to think of it there is quite a bit of violence in this story.

I also enjoyed the distinctions presented here in class discrepancy and fell in love with a character named Tool (a DNA altered or manufactured half man/dog/tiger who could really do with his own book. I struggled a bit with the weird names (reminding me of Hunger Games in their anonymity) Pima, Bapi, Sloth, Tick-Tock.
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By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER
Presumably set in the same dystopian future as his critically - and popularly - acclaimed "The Windup Girl", Bacigalupi's "Ship Breaker" remains one of the best Young Adult dystopian science fiction novels of recent vintage and one with well-drawn characters and a superbly vivid prose style that will endear itself to audiences of all ages. On the Gulf Coast of Texas, in what was once the United States, a young teenage boy, Nailer, who works on a "light crew" combing wrecked, rusted oil tankers for precious copper wiring, stumbles upon a wrecked clipper ship whose only survivor, Nita, is a young wealthy heiress of one of North America's most prominent mercantile trading families. Opting to seek a future far more promising than his dreary present, Nailer embarks on trek with Nita towards the distant half-drowned city of New Orleans, escorted by a genetically modified hybrid human bred for war, Tool, hoping to find another clipper ship and a loyal crew working on behalf of her family. Theirs is a journey fraught with peril as they contend with murderous thieves and fanatical mercenaries, and the crew of an armored clipper ship loyal to her family's bitter rivals on a mission to find her at all costs. "Ship Breaker" is replete with much of the same visually arresting, descriptive prose found in "The Windup Girl", demonstrating once again, Bacigalupi's considerable talents as one of the premier literary stylists writing contemporary science fiction in the English language. This is a notable recent work of dystopian science fiction that should interest a readership extending well beyond science fiction.
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