Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary: In Bright Sands Beach, a region that used to be America’s Gulf Coast Region, there are poor workers who are forced to strip ships in order to survive and feed themselves. One ship breaker is Nailer, a teenage boy who strips small metal like copper. One stormy day, a hurricane, also known as a city killer, blows through and destroys a clipper, a speedy boat that the rich own. While walking around the beach, Nailer and his friend Pima find the wrecked clipper and claim it for scavenge. During their scavenging, they find a young girl Nita who is barely alive. They save her and because of their action, Nailer gets caught in an adventure to save the girl and return her home to her dad while fighting off his own dad and others trying to stop them on their journey. Along the way, they become part of a war between Nita’s dad and her uncle, and must try to survive the journey.

Why I picked it up: I really wanted a story that was similar to The
Hunger Games
and I was recommended this book due to its similarity in
themes and character development between Ship Breaker and The Hunger
Also, the cover looked interesting and really caught my eye.

Why I kept reading it: The gripping tale of Nailer’s ways of trying to
survive and get out of any situation just motivates me to keep going. Also, I
am really interested in what will happen next and what trouble they get into. Plus, I really want to see the development between Nailer and Nita’s relationship and some of Nailer’s family troubles.

Who would I give it to next: I will give it to any fan of The Hunger Games and even people who are casual readers. It’s a great book and I think anybody who picks it up will enjoy it.

Reviewed by Ruijing L.


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