Teen Book Review: Ship Breaker

Submitted by kdeweese on August 10, 2012 - 2:44pm

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Reviewed by Fallon D., Northwest Library

In a dystopian future, many people are forced into tearing apart ships just to scrape by, and so is teenage Nailer.  He leads a tough life, working hard and dealing with his abusive father, but at least he has a job and can eat.  When a "city killer" storm sweeps through his town and leaves many dead, it also washes a valuable ship ashore. When Nailer and a friend find the ship, they begin plundering it for its wealth, they find a survivor, a beautiful rich girl.  Now Nailer is burdened with decision that could change his life: rescue the "swank" or make profit on the treasure trove from the ship.

This book was really good! It was suspenseful, although it was sometimes predictable and the author kind of hit you over the head with social commentary.  With all the dystopian novels coming out right now, it is hard to choose which ones to read, but this is one of the best ones I have read so far. Nailer's adventure is unforgettable; this is a book you will think about long after you've finished.  

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