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. Read my review of Ship Breaker.
Book Review: Ship Breaker
I picked this book up because I loved the cover. I’m a sucker for a book with a good cover but that doesn’t always result in a good book. This book, however, was worth picking up.
In the beginning, we meet Nailer, a scavenger who tears apart sunken ships for wire in order to meet the quota. This book is set in a futuristic time where much of the world is under water. The parts not under water are poor, dirty, and full of people. The world’s resources are used up, global warming has happened and whole parts of the world have disappeared.
After a storm, Nailer finds a ship with a “swank” aboard and plots how he can use this new find to his advantage.
The worldbuilding in this book is terrific. From the first page, you really can envision this destroyed world that the story takes place in.
The character development in this book was fantastic. I think Tool was probably my favorite character although he was a secondary character.
I love dystopian novels – they really are my favorite to read. But often the women/girls in the stories are used for their bodies, are undervalued, or are just secondary characters in the stories. In this book, however, the women/girls were just as strong and able bodied as the men. They worked alongside them and were there, not shoved down your throat like they were more important, just there. The women/girls were just a natural part of the story.
This is a definite must read and I’m looking forward to grabbing the companion novel.