Ship Breaker By Paolo Bacigalupi
This book is set in the future on our wonderful planet. The world has drastically changed. Nailer is a young boy who works light crew, disassembling large ships that once sailed the oceans with cargo. His life is hard, but no harder than any of the other beach rats who work to take apart the ships.
On the horizon, he often sees beautiful ships with silver sails flying over the waters. He dreams of escaping on one, a dream not likely to come true. He’ll eventually outgrow light crew and he’s not large enough to take on the duties of heavy crew. His father is abusive and brutal.
Nailer falls through a duct into a pool of crude oil inside a ship and comes close to dying. This incident changes him more than he thought, which he discovers when he finds a wrecked sail ship after a big storm.
I quickly fell in love with this story. The characters and world building were phenomenal. It was hard to put this book down. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: This thrilling bestseller and National Book Award Finalist is a gritty, high-stakes adventure of a teenage boy faced with conflicting loyalties, set in a dark future America devastated by the forces of climate change.
In America’s flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life….
In this powerful novel, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a fast-paced adventure set in the vivid and raw, uncertain future of his companion novels The Drowned Cities and Tool of War.