Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker

Audiobook CD - 2010
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In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil takers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota -- and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.
Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio : Repackaged by Midwest Tape, p2010.
ISBN: 9781441883469
Branch Call Number: BACIG
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr., 11 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 13, 2014

This book is unlike others I've read. You really feel like your there, viewing the world from a different perspective. I've never had a book do that to me like this one! An amazing book, the characters are perfect,weaving together to illustrate a life of hardship, and the meeting of unlikely friends.

Jun 14, 2013

Love this book and this author. Well written with good pacing, I was very invested in Nailer and his fate from the very beginning. Check out Drowned Cities for a continuation of the world (but not the same characters!).

Jun 21, 2012

The only thing that makes this a young adult book, compared to his earlier Windup Girl, is the age of the protagonist and the length of the work. He doesn't pull any punches, putting his characters into a horrible future world, bowed down by global warming, etc. Bacigalupi once again shows he is capable of imagining not only the downfall of society, but also how humanity might rebuild. My one comment on that: this man is a pessimist; but in fiction, there's no reason not to assume that a fallen society would see the worst brought out in humanity--rather than a return to closer knit communities that enforced higher standards of conduct. That doesn't get in the way of the story.

I disliked more the winding nature of the story, transitioning from one part to another, to another, none closely connected, so much as filling space and giving the main character(s) crisis to overcome. It was only 3/4s of the way through that I could finally see a central problem that could lead to a true resolution for the book, rather than a resolution for an individual part.

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