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Ship Breaker Paperback – Oct 3 2011
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* "Stellar."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Vivid, brutal, and thematically rich."―Booklist, starred review
* "This thriller will grab and keep readers' attentions as Nailer and Nita 'crew up' in their fight to survive."―The Horn Book, starred review
About the Author
Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of The Windup Girl and Pump Six and Other Stories, and a Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner. He lives in western Colorado with his wife and son. Ship Breaker, a Michael L. Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist, is his first novel for young adults.
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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.Read more ›
Although this book is directed at youth, it contains a lot of savage battle-to-death descriptive violence which may not be suitable for tweens. Its themes and actions resemble the script for a typical animation videogame.
Great worldbuilding that makes you think about current affairs? Check. A setting that postulates a possible (bleak) future of mankind? Check. A great main character who is easy to root for? Check. Expressive writing with a complex, fast-paced plot? Check. Honestly, this book has it all. I might even have liked it more than I liked his adult novel 'The Windup Girl.' This is everything that a good SF YA novel should be.
Better than: The Hunger Games, Graceling, Incarceron.
Please read the first chapter and know that it only gets better from there. Highly recommended.
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Was no real ending, just an enormous cliff-hanger for another book. It's as if you're only paying for the first 3rd of a book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Durgan
Ship Breaker - Great book, I have read others from Paolo Bacigalupi, young adult or adult, they re well written novels. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2014 by Joel Andrews
I read "Windup" first and I was very impressed. "Shipbreakers" lived up to the promise of good things to come. Well done, Paolo.Published on Aug. 3 2013 by Alex Burnett
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 bookPublished on July 11 2013 by ADC
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