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A cracking actioneer,
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This review is from: Ship Breaker: Number 1 in series (Hardcover)
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.