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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Feb 27, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: february-2012, pyschological, realistic-fiction, science-fiction, action-books
Recommended for: Rachel and Adults
Read from February 17 to 20, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Nailer is a teenage boy who lives in the gulf coast of America in the future world, where it's every man for himself, oil and crude is VERY precious, and Nailer's job is to strip the shipwrecks of all its value, and every person is waiting to hopefully strike rich. One day, Nailer finds a girl on a shipwrecked yacht, her ship is all that he could wish to find, instead of killing her like he should have done, he saves her. The next day, his abusive father finds the hoard, and wants to sell the mysterious girl to her enemies. So Nailer must run away with her to try to find her clan.

I started reading this book because the cover looked very interesting, and since it has won so many awards, I knew that it would be a really good book. This book probably one of the best books I read. It reminds me of 'No Safe Place', both are very realistic.
One thing that I love this book about is that the author doesn't sugarcoat the truth of what happens in our future. Note: SPOILERS. The truth is that OIL WILL be very precious. The major seaside CITIES WILL drown in the water. And it WILL BE one man for himself. And if the future is like this, it reminds me of the early Middle Ages, during the Dark Ages when the Roman Empire had just collapsed. It was one for himself and it will be like that. History does not repeat itself-mankind does. If we continue along this path, mankind will repeat itself again, and this time the world will not give mankind another chance. In a way, I feel sorry for my little sister, because we are nearly a decade apart, the world could change dramatically in the years between which I die and my sister dies. National Geographic said that by 2050, there will be a lot of heat related deaths.
Another thing I read that I found really realistic is that in this book, the middle class is almost extinct. I have rarely read ANY hint of the middle class thriving. I am middle-class myself, and I find the gap of the rich and the poor expanding, and it's expanding really quickly. In this book, there is pretty much the rich and the poor. In some ways, it reminds me of the USA right now, but I'm not the one to say.
Aloka told me not so long ago that now they can control the gender of embryos and make them smarter. I actually laughed at the idea of the half mans in the book. I've also wondered about these mutations before I read the book. What if in the future, centaurs and satyrs really do exist?
The only thing that isn't as good in this book I would say is the climate. OBVIOUSLY the climate is going to change. But the author didn't really describe the weather. (Sorry I am just writing so much!)
I finished reading this book because this is one of the few books that really makes me think. Lots of books make me think and wonder, but this is the one of the only books that let me use my imaginations and the facts I know to relate to what I think the future holds.

I recommend this book to Rachel because I also think this book will make her think. After thinking and writing this review, my brain has a warm fuzzy feeling. And I hope that she will also get this nice feeling. Even though it is a young adult novel I would recommend this to adults (especially if they are businessmen) because it will open their eyes to the real and harsh reality of our future. If we want to avoid the world becoming one like in the book, we should work on preserving the world. Gandhi once said that " The world is enough for our needs but not our greed". I completely agree with him.
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Reading Progress

02/17/2012 page 209
64.0% "Tool, Nailer and Nita have escaped the Tool and Nailer's island to try to find Nita's clan when Nailer's father, Richard tries to sell Nita to her father's enemies. They are trying to get to the other side by crossing very dirty water in which other poor people are also crossing."
02/19/2012 page 309
95.0% "Nailer is fighting his dad, on the Pole Star, after his dad abducted Nita. Nailer just killed his father by releasing the foil override. I'm almost done this book. I love this book and I can understand why this book won so many awards."

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