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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Mar 21, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: dystopia, teen

Again, a title I read simply because it won the Printz. So NOT Printz worthy, in my opinion. The concept was great. It's the future, and many cities in the Gulf have been wiped out from flooding. Nailer is a "ship breaker"; basically he strips old tankers for parts. It's a grueling job with little pay. After a hurricane, he and his friend/crew leader come upon a clipper with a "swank" girl, alive. It becomes the story of Nailer and Luck Girl/Nita (the swank) escaping Nailer's dad and his crew who want to get money for her (ransom, selling parts, etc). Like I said, I loved the concept, however, I don't feel like the writing was Printz worthy. I felt like there were a lot of phrases used over and over for different situations AND there were some extremely close call moments like you see in a predictable action show or movie. I liked many of the characters, but none jumped off the page to me.

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