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Book Review: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker is set in a future world where oil is scare and life for many is harsh. In the Gulf Coast region, grounded oil tankers are scavenged for old copper, and Nailer, a teenage boy, eeks out an existence by working on one of the crews. But time is running out for him as he is getting too big to do his work and then he will stuck on the beach, on his own, with no way to earn money.

But then a killer storm rips through the area, and he discovers a rich man’s clipper beached after the hurricane. All the crew are dead, but a beautiful and wealthy girl survives – and she could very well be his ticket to a new and better life.

This is speculative fiction at its best. Paolo Bacigalupi has created a believable but bleak alternative world which ultimately it is a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of adversity. Paolo has won numerous awards for his writing and it is easy to see why. This is a thought-provoking piece of storytelling that has environmental concerns at its heart.

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