Printz Award, 2011
Nailer works on a crew in the Gulf who scavenges parts from rusted out ships along the shoreline. Crew life is difficult. He’s always having to make quota while also making sure he doesn’t get on the wrong side of his superiors. One step out of line and he could be cut from the crew; there really are no other work options. Nailer’s always hungry even with his job because his Dad spends most of his time drinking, doing drugs, and then abusing him. Nailer’s world is cutthroat enough even without his father. Bring him into the picture and it’s even worse. He wonders, too, if he’s like his father or if he’s going to turn into him. Fairly quickly in the story, his fears are severely put to the test.
A bleak book and eerily timely with the Gulf oil disaster, Ship Breaker is probably not too far off from what could happen in the future if we let greed go unchecked.
This book has been getting some really great reviews so I was excited to read it. An additional plus was that I love dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. I will say it’s a good book, but I was a little disappointed after all the hype. While I liked it and thought the story was good, I wasn’t enamored with the writing. It probably didn’t help that I was reading Charlotte Bronte’s Villette on the same day. Not a fair comparison, but it couldn’t be avoided.
Other bloggers have raved about it, so I would definitely encourage you to check out their reviews as well.
(2010, 323 pp.)