Ship Breaker

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi

Pages: 326

Rating: 5/5

In an isolated island in America’s Gulf Coast Region, Nailer, a light teenage boy with protruding rib cage, works as a ship breaker. One day after a hurricane passed their place, Nailer and Pima, his friend, saw a sunken clipper ship. They decided to scavenge the whole ship but as they searched the area, there was a beautiful girl, Nita, a swank, who was trapped inside the sunken clipper. Nailer chose to save the girl first before breaking the ship apart. The girl turned out to be a real swank who was being chased by his father’s business enemy. Unfortunately, while Nailer and his friends were recuperating, his father, Richard Lopez came and saw them, then for the mean time they were held prisoners. After some days, the men who were looking for Nita arrived in the beach so, Nailer and Nita escaped to go to a place where Nita’s ships could be. After some excruciating events, they arrived the place as planned and after some nights, they saw the ship that could save Nita. When they were about to go to the ship, Nailer saw his father and his half man-crew lurking looking for him and Nita so, they went to their hideout first. That night, Nailer volunteered to check the ship so, he left Nita and went alone. Face to face, he talked to the captain and realized that they truly were loyal to Nita and her family. They decided to go to were Nita was but she was not there, she was taken by the enemies. The captain together with Nailer followed the ship where Nita was and with Nailer’s idea they succeeded in getting Nita out of the enemy’s ship.

At first I was unsure if I will read this book or not because I don’t know anything about ship breaking and so I thought I’ll get bored with it. But that was not the case, I was superbly engrossed in reading this book, it was written in a way a where you could vividly imagine what was happening. And so, I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn and feel what ship breaking is all about, and to those lovers of apocalyptic genre.

“The enemy of your enemy is your friend.” ~Paolo Bacagalupi, Ship Breaker