Sunday, 17 July 2011

TEEN: Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi

Release Date: 07/07/11


Nailer's time is running out. He's getting too big for his work ? stripping copper wire from old oil tankers ? and once he's off the crew he's on his own, stuck in a shack on the beach with no food, no money and no way of earning his keep. He has one last chance. The thing all crew members dream about, a lucky strike, has hit in the shape of a clipper ship beached during the last hurricane. If he can hold off the rest of the scavengers long enough to get the oil out, he might just have a future. But oil's not the only thing on the ship. And what Nailer finds is going to change his life forever.


The Teen market is one that is growing up and doing it fast as this title by Paolo Bacigalupi has gone to prove. Whilst many stick with the sweetness and light of first love, this book dives into the seedy underbelly of a bleak future where the world has gone to hell and the only way for many to make money is to salvage what they can which is the existence (if you can call it that) of Nailer proves in this gripping new title by Paolo.

Back that up with some great prose, decent pace and a lead character that the reader will get to grips with fairly quickly and it’s a title that really will keep you glued as you wonder as to his fate before the final page is turned. All in this was a great find by Atom and one that demonstrates that plenty of foreign authors have a voice that will attune itself to other languages when given a chance. Great stuff all in.

1 comment:

  1. You make me life easy, Gareth - I was wondering if I should get this one, but now you've made up my mind:)