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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Jul 17, 2012

bookshelves: 13-25

I enjoyed this book, in a weird, post-apocalyptic, survival instinct kind of way. It is set in a world that has abused the Earth in such a way that left it devoid of natural resources. In the Gulf Coast region of America, oil tankers are being stripped for parts by hoards of crews of young people. Nailer is one of these young people. He strips the tankers of their copper wiring and the only concerns of his day include meeting quota, finding adequate food, and avoiding his drug-induced, violent father at all costs. Until one day, he stumbles upon the ultimate salvage--a high seas clipper--the elite of all elite ships. As he is stripping it for all its worth, he comes across an even greater bounty--a beautiful and wealthy girl who has the potential to lead Nailer to a better life if he puts his trust in her and helps her escape from those who are out to harm her. Nailer embarks on a journey with her to reunite here with those she can trust and in the process, he faces his fears of his deranged father and grows as a person because of it.

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