Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

01 Dec

Hmm what a nice little find. It’s completely not what I thought it was going to be at all but you know what? I enjoyed it for that very reason. I’m sick of knowing exactly what to expect from a book just by looking at the cover or reading the back so this was just simply refreshing.

Basically the book is set sometime in the future, the author is never really clear when exactly, and follows Nailer who is a young man working as a ship breaker. Again the author is not clear on an age for most of his characters as they live a life where age is not important. You do get the impression that he is somewhere around the sixteen mark however.

Nailer works long hard hours for very little rewards and basically lives a pretty tough life. When him and his friend Pima find the remains of a clipper ship they think their luck is in. To scavenge a ship that big and of that quality would set them up for life. A spanner gets thrown in the works when they stumble upon a shipwreck survivor in the form of a young girl.

Huge excitement ensues as Nailer and Nita begin an expedition to try and find her family which isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a pretty simple story but the world the author created and the characters he gave us to live in it all came together to give us a really really good read. It was different than the usual lovey dovey young adult book which was fan-bloody-tastic. If I have to read one more stupid love triangle containing sixteen year olds I may cry. It was also refreshing to have our main protagonist as a male, something that I strangely didn’t realise we see so little of until now. Great book.


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