Teen Book Club

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (4 reviews)

Anqi,    12
Paolo Bacigalupi
Ship Breaker 
Little, Brown    2010

            Ship Breaker is set in a post-apocalyptic future where after a time that people called the 'Accelerated Age' oil became scarce and grounded ships were taken apart for money, and the thin gap between the wealthy and the poor grew larger. Nailer, a boy who thinks he's about 14 or 15 years old, is part of the Ship Breakers, living a life of scavenge with his drug-addict father, and dreaming of a life on the clippers, ships that seem to fly on the waters and are meant for the 'swanks', people who can afford more than Nailer. One day, after a huge hurricane storm, Nailer finds a wrecked clipper, and must decide: will he scavenge the boat and tear it apart for its riches or rescue Nita, the beautiful girl who Nailer finds hidden beneath the wreckage? Paolo Bacigalupi gives an enlightening view on human's impact on our natural world, while providing an interesting, (and very realistic) cast of characters and a cascading waterfall of a culture that's so different yet in Ship Breaker is beautifully portrayed and seemingly real. The fast pace is set up by the action filled scenes and is always entertaining, along with a touch of romance that is greatly satisfying. A wonderful series that I'm waiting eagerly for, and successfully combines entertainment, the message for a healthier earth, and also a great story overall.  

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Michael,    12  
Paolo Bacigalupi  
Ship Breaker   
Little Brown and Company  
May 2010  

        I would definitley reccomend this book and i already have! But what i really liked about the book was it was just a good book fast paced and I just couldn't put it down.  

Rating 4. Better than most.


David,    14  
Paolo Bacigalupi  
Ship Breaker  
Little brown and company    2010   

       I would recommend this book to all readers. There is romance, hard times, over coming impossible obsticles. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book.

Jordan,    17   
Ship Breaker   
Little Brown and Company    2010  

        Great Adventure! I think that every kid should read this book.   

Rating 5. Hard to imagine a better book.

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