Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nailer lives in a world where oil is scarce and melting ice caps have submerged coastal cities.  His father is an unreliable alcoholic so Nailer must earn a living by scavenging grounded oil tankers for copper wiring and scrap metal.  After a hurricane sweeps the coastal region, Nailer and his crewmate Pima discover a beached but luxurious clipper ship as well as the ship’s lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl called Nita.  Now Nailer must make a choice: strip the ship’s resources to become rich and please his father or rescue the girl and perhaps find a way out of the world of ship-breaking.

Ship Breaker recently won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature.


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