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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Oct 11, 11

Read from October 10 to 11, 2011

This was a pretty excellent read. It was exciting, memorable, and the characters were written in such a way to remain with you for time to come. Bacigalupi has some real talent as a writer, YA and Adult.

The novel follows the adventures of a boy named Nailer whose job is to search through broken down tankers on the coast of his home. His role is to strip the tankers for all they're worth: copper wiring, metals, any other wiring, etc. Long story short; he finds a wrecked clipper ship after a big storm, and there is a girl who is alive in the boat. He rescues her and has to decide whether she is worth losing his life for or not. The decisions are real and the reader definitely takes an investment in what happens with each decision.

There are some really cool concepts dealing with religion, luck, class disputes, environment, family problems, and what real loyalty is. I'm excited for the second novel in the series, and I'm really excited excited to read Bacigalupi's adult novel The Windup Girl. Anyway, two thumbs up, way up! Solid, enjoyable, YA lit!
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