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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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In a grim postapocalyptic America, on the southern coast near what used to be New Orleans, Nailer works as "light crew", crawling into ducts and holes on wrecked oil tankers to strip out wiring that his boss sells. It's a hard rough life, living in shacks on the beach with barely enough to eat for he and his "crew" (who are closer than family to each other), so when he and his crewmate Pima find the wreck of a superfast modern clipper, they feel sure they can parlay it into a Lucky Strike and become much more well off. But there's a snag: inside the wreck is a trapped girl, very much alive! She's "swank," a girl so rich and wellfed that it's as if she's from another world, totally foreign to Pima and Nailer. When Nailer makes the fateful decision to save her life, he'll have to protect her from the "heavy crew," which includes "half-men" (men genetically engineered with dogs into wicked snarling brutes) and his mean, drunk, drugabusing father. Very fast-paced action adventure.
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Anne I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to several teens. It had lots of action and was very fast paced. Also thought the ending was satisfying without being too pat or simplistic.


Christina yes! I agree. Very fast paced, and a good ending.


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