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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Nov 21, 2009

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Bacigalupi's writing is vivid and tense, and I love the world that he has created here, full of gritty danger and dog-eats-dog, eye-for-an-eye, every man for himself competition. I never fully felt much empathy for the characters though; for me, it felt like, while the writing was superb and great for the genre, the characters were lacking in the heart and humanity that I crave from any book I read. They seemed like stonehearted actors playing out their roles instead of real people, real teenagers with typical adolescent worries in addition to their life-or-death ones.

In addition, this book was just not for me because of the extreme cruelty of the adults. It is horrifically fascinating to consider a world in which this occurs, where adults will betray their own children in the hopes of getting ahead economically, but my stomach was constantly unsettled by the adults' gruesome actions. SHIP BREAKER is not for the faint of heart, but is an otherwise very well conceptualized dystopian novel.
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Reading Progress

November 21, 2009 – Shelved
August 15, 2010 – Started Reading
August 15, 2010 –
page 58
17.79% "Oooh I'm liking this."
August 16, 2010 –
page 146
44.79% "Nailer's dad. What a JERK."
January 24, 2011 –
page 193
59.2% "This book is so very "wince-y" to me."
February 1, 2011 –
page 323
99.08% "Eh."
February 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
July 23, 2013 – Shelved as: china-in-literature

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Gef I've read some good stuff on this author and his novels. This one strikes me as probably the one I'll check out first--maybe The Windup Girl. Only thing more gruesome than a story about parents betraying their children for monetary gain is the fact that it happens all the time in the real world.


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