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REVIEW – Ship Breaker (2010) By Paolo Bacigalupi

January 16, 2011

THE ZONE have my review of Paolo Bacigalupi’s first Young Adult novel Ship Breaker.

I enjoyed this story of a teenager eking out an existence amidst the ruins of the American Empire a lot more than I enjoyed Bacigalupi’s first novel The Windup Girl.  In my review, I try to explain why I think that trying his hand at a work of Young Adult fiction was an inspired choice by Bacigalupi and why I think that Bacigalupi’s decision to reject traditional understandings of childhood constitutes a real step forward for that particular form of writing.


One Comment
  1. Ghislaine permalink
    January 2, 2012 11:48 am

    I read the first chapter of Ship Breaker, and these are the key words that stuck out to me:
    – Sweat (lots of it)
    – Grime (goes with the sweat)
    – Gleam (and gleam, and gleam)
    I thought, surely there is more in this book than just that, but seriously, there was no sense of beauty in nature, and I was sad. I think it just wasn’t my style.


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