Since I plugged Zombie Baseball Beatdown on Wednesday, I thought I’d show off another Paolo Bacigalupi novel for today. (And maybe I just wanted another excuse to stand up in meeting and say “Bacigalupi.”)
Shipbreaker is a fabulous dystopian novel. It’s set along the Gulf Coast where oil tankers have grounded and been abandoned. Groups of kids work to strip the vessels of their valuable parts. When a storm comes through and beaches a yacht, Nailer, one of the shipbreakers, is the first to find it. The boat is filled with all sorts of riches that could life Nailer out of the life he lives, but one above all else…a lone survivor. She’s the daughter of a wealthy family and if he is seen as her rescuer, Nailer could have a new life.
I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. The characters are fantastic. The setting is vivid. Bacigalupi builds a believable, and recognizable, future world.
And we also have this available as an MP3 audiobook.