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Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, 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 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, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

I am pretty much over dystopian in general. Too much in too little time! However, I loved Ship Breaker. It was gritty, swashbuckling, I cared about the characters, and I loved the action. I wasn’t as big of a fan of the romance angle. It seemed forced, like the book was written and the editor said, “It needs romance,” so Bacigalupi threw in a few scenes to make him or her happy. I can’t wait until I have time to read the second book!