Ship Breaker

Paperback | October 3, 2011

byPaolo Bacigalupi

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A New York Times Bestseller
A Michael L. Printz Award Winner
A National Book Award Finalist
A VOYA 2010 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
A Rolling Stone 40 Best YA Novels Book

This highly acclaimed, bestselling thriller is a gritty, high-stakes adventure set in the dark future America of Paolo Bacigalupi's Drowned Cities and upcoming Tool of War.

In America's flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. 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 by change, 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, Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future devastated by the forces of climate change.

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A New York Times BestsellerA Michael L. Printz Award WinnerA National Book Award FinalistA VOYA 2010 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers BookA Rolling Stone 40 Best YA Novels BookThis highly acclaimed, bestselling thriller is a gritty, high-stakes adventure set in the dark future America of Paolo Bacigalupi's Drowned Cities and...

Paolo Bacigalupi is the New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker, a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of the Locus Award nominee The Doubt Factory; a novel for younger readers, Zombie Baseball Beatdown; and two bestselling adult ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 3, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316056197

ISBN - 13:9780316056199

Appropriate for ages: 15

Customer Reviews of Ship Breaker


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great summer read! A prime sample from a growing genre, Ship Breaker provides a chilling view of a not-so-distant future with an exciting adventure layered on top. I fully recommend it.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this! It took me a long time to start it since the premise just sounds weird, I'm sure it's a metaphor for something but I don't watch the news, it's depressing....I prefer the fictional depressing stories instead. It's written from the mind of a very dark, poor, boy, but Bacigalupi (try and pronounce that) manages to make the reader understand every action that the characters make. I can't believe no highschool is forcing their students to read this, and I came from a cool school, we read the hunger games and ender's game. It totally fits the interesting but teaches life lessons theme. Anyways, read this book dystopian lovers, you will not regret it. Just don't tell anyone what your book is about, they give you awkward looks for the next week.
Date published: 2012-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Life has not shown a kind hand to Nailer. As a teenage boy, he is lucky to be of slight build as that means he can still work the light salvage crew. Every day he crawls through the small air ducts and passages on grounded oil tankers removing any wiring he can get his hands on. It's a physically demanding job and the only people he can rely on are his crew. Nailer has to make a choice when he discovers a wrecked clipper ship loaded with a kings wealth of salvage. All of it could be his, if only he kills the lone survivor. This book, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, was chosen as the February read for my local bookclub. We are a group of women who enjoy science fiction. This selection was a bit of a stretch for some of the members. Foremost, few of them are readers of YA fiction. They wanted more back ground information about how the world came to be the way it is and a wider world view of how it functions now. These aren't things that concern teen readers that I know. They seem to be content to accept the world as the author presents it; they want to get on with the plot. We were all interested in the chasm between the extremely elite life of 'the survivor' and the day to day existence of Nailer and his crew. Was it really possible that 'the survivor' could know so little of the real world that provides the raw resources for her business and lifestyle. We all agreed that we wanted to know more about the half-man Tool and his kind. How did they come into existence and why are they so loyal to their master.Several of us stated that we'd be looking forward to the companion book The Drowned Cities, due out spring 2012, which further explores these questions. One of the members told us that at her daughter's school, this book is very popular with middle teen boys. Nailer is a good role model for teen boys, he has to make some difficult decisions and can't rely on his experiences with his brutal father for guidance. He has to consider what he has learned from the various people who surround him, take the best and forge his own morals.
Date published: 2012-03-02

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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