Ship Breaker by Paolo BacigalupiShip Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker

byPaolo Bacigalupi

Paperback | October 3, 2011

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This thrilling bestseller and National Book Award Finalist is a gritty, high-stakes adventure of a teenage boy faced with conflicting loyalties, set in a dark future America devastated by the forces of climate change.

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 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, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a fast-paced adventure set in the vivid and raw, uncertain future of his companion novels The Drowned Cities and Tool of War.

"Suzanne Collins may have put dystopian literature on the YA map with The Hunger Games...but Bacigalupi is one of the genre's masters, employing inventively terrifying details in equally imaginative story lines." --Los Angeles Times

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
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 Edgar Awards nominee The Doubt Factory; a novel for younger readers, Zombie Baseball Beatdown; and two bestselling adult...
Title:Ship BreakerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions: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

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting! Given the context of current politics and circumstances in the US, a novel about climate change and its potential destruction of America is potent. The addition of the oil scarcity is also timely. An interesting and relevant read for students and anyone who wishes to ponder the What If's and potentials. A hero's journey with a uniquely realistic and relevant perspective.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great loved the story. Captivating
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read Over all I found the book enjoyable to read but some of the character development and pacing occasionally seemed a little off. The world building, however, was great and did well painting a picture of just how much the world had changed.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it One of the best sci-fi reads out there.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring Didn't love the pacing or the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good!! I quite enjoyed this dystopian YA novel - different than The Hunger Games, but stands as well and has something to say. Definitely a bit of a commentary on the petroleum industry. I liked it and almost wish there was a darker, grittier version for grown ups.
Date published: 2017-02-07
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

Editorial Reviews

"This gripping novel is all about the nature of trust and of family. . . . Nailer and his intense, beautiful world will linger in your mind for a long time."-Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy