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[ [ [ Ship Breaker [ SHIP BREAKER ] By Bacigalupi, Paolo ( Author )Nov-17-2010 Compact Disc CD-ROM – 17 Nov 2010


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  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation (17 Nov 2010)
  • ASIN: B00D5QV0PA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Hastie on 7 Jun 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ship Breaker, released in May 2010, is the second full length novel by Paolo Bacigalupi after The Windup Girl, which won the Nebula Award and is currently in the running for the Hugo Award, and his first Young Adult novel.

Ship Breaker is set in the Gulf Coast region of the United States in the near future, a world ravaged by poverty when oil reserves have been depleted and the sea level has risen dramatically due to climate change, causing geographic and societal shifts. Oil tankers, freighters and other huge sea vessels are no longer of any use due to the lack of oil, their only remaining value is whatever can be salvaged from them. On the Coast, ship breakers work at salvaging whatever they can from these huge ships, tearing them apart bit by bit until nothing remains. Light crews, constituted of children and teenagers due to their ability to fit into cramped ducts, are responsible for the smaller salvages such as the copper wiring or scrap metal whereas heavy crews salvage the bigger, heavier components.

Nailer Lopez, a teenager, is a Ship Breaker, he works for a light crew struggling as best he can to make salvage quota. After a severe hurricane known as a "City Killer" hits his coastal community, he and his crew-mate Pima discover a shipwrecked Clipper inside which they find wealth beyond their wildest dreams: silverware, food, paintings, etc. The crew are all dead, but they stumble upon the unconscious body of what appears to be a very wealthy, and beautiful, teenage girl. They are faced with a dilemma, salvage anything they can from their "Lucky Strike" before anyone else notices the wreck, or go against their instinct and save the girl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Realist on 18 Dec 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
If you've read Windup Girl by the same author, imagine a similarly dystopic near future world suffering from environmental and structural collapse, largely controlled by corporate interests.

The protagonist is very much the young boy 'Nailer', I can only imagine this leads credence to the concept of this being a YA book, but honestly as someone long past young adulthood (alas) I still enjoyed this. I can't categorise it as unputdownable, but if you read Windup Girl and you are hunting for more of Paolo, this will definitely provide a fix. The style is similar, but doesn't quite have the polish, strength or the depth and breadth of character set that 'Windup Girl' has, but is still a good read.

The book begins accessibly and with quality writing instead of relying on shock value to keep you reading, and remains so throughout. Nailer feels completely a believable character, as are many of the supporting cast. At no point does the plot feel flawed or contrived, and the few deus ex machinas that are inevitable in the vast majority of fiction don't detract from the tale.

Definitely not one of those books that will stay with you, but a good read none the less, for young as well as old adults.

As ever, shame about the ridiculous e-book pricing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Paolo Bacigalupi's writing, building on the deeply evocative wind-up girl this story takes us to a near future Gulf coast where obsolete tankers and other large ships are broken and salvaged. The future is environmentally challenged and impoverished and instead of the Gulf we know of today it's more like Bangladesh. The story revolves around two teenage salvage workers Nailer and Pima and their discovery of a wrecked ship (complete with helpless, lost rich girl), stuffed with riches beyond the dreams of avarice, well food and money, their horizons are as impoverished as their lifestyles and environment. It's a classic actioneer do they take the money or save the girl? The dystopian near future is well sketched out, well if you imagine the future to be like coastal Bangladesh anyway, and the main tropes of environment awareness, morality and ethics are finely drawn into the plot.

I was surprised to find this billed as a YA book, parts of it are properly dark and quite nasty on occasion but it's an enjoyable romp and a cracking read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Traveler and Reader on 5 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
I read Shipbreaker after rave reviews from my 13-year-old son. I was struck by how much it resembled Treasure Island and Kidnapped: A boy on the brink of manhood, who is betrayed by the adults he should be able to trust is sucked into a rollicking adventure. As with Stevenson, there's not a lot of humor and the almost continuous downbeat atmosphere means that it's not a light read - but definitely compelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Tierney VINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2011
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An excellent book, aimed at young adults and so containing some violence and mildish swearing, Ship Breaker tells the tale of Nailer, scratching a living in the Gulf of Mexico in a dystopian future of climate change and limited power and food. Nailer works to break up ships left stranded in the new world and he inhabits a vividly imagined world. The early chapters are exciting and well thought out. As we learn about the Nailer's life and times, he is catapulted into an adventure that will test his loyalties and his courage.
Although this is aimed at young adults it is perfectly good as a "normal" novel, although the final part does tend to lose some of the imagination and detail of the earlier part. But overall it is still a very good piece of work.
Bacigalupi has won praise for his short fiction (Pump Six and other stories is very good, although his futures all tend to be very similar, focussing on climate change and how we will cope after the oil has all gone). I have The Wind-up Girl next in my reading pile....
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