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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Review by Ernest Lilley
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316056212
Date: 01 May 2010 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Ship Breaker is Paolo Bacigalupi's second novel, and it's good news for everyone, showing that this rising star is nowhere near his apogee, turning out thoughtful but engaging fiction about the post-petro future full of young protagonists and old conflicts. In Ship Breaker, Nailer, a teenage urchin working on a salvage crew to tear apart the massive steel behemoths of the oil-era, dreams of a berth on the super-sleek sailing ships that rule the waves of the not so distant future.

From official release/information:

Product Description: In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers 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....

(Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

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