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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting futuristic tale for young (and older) adults., 27 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Ship Breaker: Number 1 in series (Hardcover)
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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John Tierney
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