South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

on January 28, 2011

Luck and smart. That’s what you need.

In a post apocalyptic future, Nailer makes his way the only way he can along America’s Gulf Coast–by squeezing into the tiny ducts of shipwrecked oil tankers, salvaging any bits of copper wiring he can find. It’s dangerous work; and everyone is always looking for a Lucky Strike, something to earn them enough money to buy their way out to a better life.

After a “city killer” storm swipes though the region, Nailer and his friend Pima come across shipwrecked clipper ship. Filled with silver and other salvageable metals, they realize that if they can keep it a secret long enough, they may have just found their Lucky Strike. For Nailer, this could mean the chance to escape his violent, drug addicted father. Things get complicated though, when they find a girl, barely alive, still aboard the ship. Now they are faced with a choice…kill the girl and salvage their Lucky Strike or risk everything to help her hoping that she can lead them to a better life? Because to survive out here means you have to be lucky and smart.

The recent winner of the 2011 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, Bacigalupi has created a fast paced dystopian adventure that likely will appeal to readers who liked the Hunger Games and are looking for more futuristic survival stories.

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