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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Sep 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: ya-ya-ya, science-fact
Read in September, 2011

Underwhelmed.

In my reader's advisory class, we learned that there are four basic appeal factors in books: character, language, plot, and setting. Ship Breaker is definitely a plot-driven book (and maybe to some degree setting), but there was too much description and predictability to make the plot truly gripping.

I think the Printz Award committee probably liked it because of its potential appeal to boys, its main cast of people of color, and its coverage of the impact of global warming. But I didn't find much of what it said about global warming that interesting (though I guess it was believable), and I find it hard to believe that racism suddenly becomes a non-issue in the future. And the characters are so static and dull, I didn't feel invested in their well-being.

It seems like other people like this book a whole lot, but for me, it lacked heart.

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