Ship Breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ship Breaker
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316056212
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,22 cm.


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In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

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Comment by: LibraryK8 Dec 07, 2010

I have read other reviews that said this book was impossible to put down, and although I really enjoyed it, I did put it down. I was a bit disappointed b/c of the wonderful reviews I read but I still really enjoyed the book. The characters were wonderful and I loved the descriptions of the ship b... Read More »

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Jan 27, 2014

This book was spellbinding. Great for young adults.

Dec 06, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most dystopiest dystopias I've read! his future of our world is caused by our use of fossil fuels and ignoring global warming. It's not really preachy about it - in fact it sounds eerily accurate to what we are experiencing now and the trajectory that Paolo paints our future heading feels unnervingly likely. The characters are just as fantastic as the world building. First off, there is fantastic diversity. It feels like an accurate representation of what our current racial ratios are like. There's also people with different virtues and flaws, and a wide array of moral compasses - no one character is alike. Definitely the most thought provoking read I've had all year. I really don't have anything bad to say about this book. Oh yeah, and even though it's a series, you could read this book and never know! I mean I'm definitely going to check out the sequel, but there's no cliff hanger so you don't need to feel compelled to. Yay!

Jul 20, 2013

This book is action packed from the beginning to the end. I just wish I knew what the title of the sequel. Loved this book!

Dec 17, 2012
  • ThatGuyOverThere rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nice book

Nov 20, 2012
  • PAIGE CHERNOW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredibly powerful dystopian novel that will appeal to adults as well as teens. It is set in a future North America (maybe 100 years in the future?) where oil supplies have been exhausted and global warming has wreaked incredible damage, leaving in its wake many drowned coastal cities. The main character is a teenage boy (with an abusive father) who scrapes out a living in the now-tropical Gulf Coast region by stripping copper wiring and other materials from old ship wrecks. Then he comes across a new ship wreck with a rich girl on it, setting into motion many choices and events. A page-turner that makes you think and really sticks with you after reading the final pages.

Nov 09, 2012
  • jillageyer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. And it's really awesome because it can be a guy or girl book. Definitely action packed

Sep 27, 2012

In the near future climate change results in the flooding of the eastern coast of the United States and the result is a disintegration of government and the United States is ruled by violent clans. Nailer, a young teenager, works with a clan who scavenge the abandoned ships for its cooper wire. After a storm he finds a damaged clipper ship and rescues a wealthy girl who was onboard. This decision has repercussions for his clan. A great read lots of action and strong character development.
This dystopian novel was the 2011 YALSA Printz award winner.

Sep 01, 2012
  • ely99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

wow! this was surprisingly a really good book.... i found it a bit slow, but it really picked up at the end...i hope there will be a sequel. As a big fan of dystopian novels this was actually one of the better ones. definitely recommended

Aug 07, 2012
  • Superman_Wu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Jul 20, 2012
  • daisy73e rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alot of changes on our planet could make every difference in our childrens future. It makes you realize how our planet is changing before our eyes.

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Sep 05, 2011
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Jan 19, 2011
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Dec 07, 2010
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nailer has worked, as long as he can remember, as a ship breaker on Bright Sands Beach on the Gulf Coast. As part of a light crew, he crawls into the smallest crevices and duct work of old oil tankers to rip out wiring and screws to sell for scrap. He knows that this way of life is coming to an end, soon he will be too big to squeeze through the small spaces and he will have to try to get a job on a heavy crew, ripping the ships apart piece by piece. It is back-breaking work, and there is no way out of this life. Nailer knows he will die on this beach.

Until he and a friend happen upon a wrecked yacht, caught on the submerged ruins of sky scrapers, drowned after global warming melted the polar ice caps. On board the yacht is more scavenge than Nailer has ever seen and he knows this is his chance out of Bright Sands Beach and a life as a ship breaker. If he plays his cards right he could be rich! The crew of the yacht is dead, drowned in the ship-killer storm that came through the day before. But one passage is left alive, a rich girl with enough gold on her fingers alone to feed Nailer's crew for the rest of their lives. But instead of killer the girl and taking the scavenge for himself, Nailer saves her life in the hopes that she will take him with her when she leaves Bright Sands Beach. But the girl's fate is more complicated than Nailer planned when he discovers that she is the heir to a fortune and her family owns the largest transport company in the world, currently undergoing a mutiny. Many people would like to get their hands on the girl, and Nailer has to help deliver her to her family.


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