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Grade 7 Up—A fast-paced postapocalyptic adventure set on the American Gulf Coast. Nailer works light crew; his dirty, dangerous job is to crawl deep into the wrecks of the ancient oil tankers that line the beach, scavenging copper wire and turning it over to his crew boss. After a brutal hurricane passes over, Nailer and his friend Pima stumble upon the wreck of a luxurious clipper ship. It's filled with valuable goods—a "Lucky Strike" that could make them rich, if only they can find a safe way to cash it in. Amid the wreckage, a girl barely clings to life. If they help her, she tells them, she can show them a world of privilege that they have never known. But can they trust her? And if so, can they keep the girl safe from Nailer's drug-addicted father? Exciting and sometimes violent, this book will appeal to older fans of Scott Westerfeld's "Uglies" series (S & S) and similar action-oriented science fiction.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
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*Starred Review* This YA debut by Bacigalupi, a rising star in adult science fiction, presents a dystopian future like so many YA sf novels. What is uncommon, though, is that although Bacigalupi's future earth is brilliantly imagined and its genesis anchored in contemporary issues, it is secondary to the memorable characters. In a world in which society has stratified, fossil fuels have been consumed, and the seas have risen and drowned coastal cities, Nailer, 17, scavenges beached tankers for scrap metals on the Gulf Coast. Every day, he tries to “make quota” and avoid his violent, drug-addicted father. After he discovers a modern clipper ship washed up on the beach, Nailer thinks his fortune is made, but then he discovers a survivor trapped in the wreckage—the “swank” daughter of a shipping-company owner. Should he slit the girl's throat and sell her for parts or take a chance and help her? Clearly respecting his audience, Bacigalupi skillfully integrates his world building into the compelling narrative, threading the backstory into the pulsing action. The characters are layered and complex, and their almost unthinkable actions and choices seem totally credible. Vivid, brutal, and thematically rich, this captivating title is sure to win teen fans for the award-winning Bacigalupi. Grades 8-12. --Lynn RutanSee all Editorial Reviews
Not the best literature but very entertaining. I would recommend this book to casual readers and if you have the time pick it up.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really great book!!! It is very well illustrated, it paints a picture in your mind and it's hard to put down. Read morePublished 6 days ago by HeatherLue
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action but still a lot of back story and adventure! ByePublished 25 days ago by Kyle
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. Bacigalupi creates very realistic dystopian futures based on environment realities we face today (that we largely ignore, and thus... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Dieng
My son hates to read and he was very interested in this book. The action was intense and when we read it was like being there. Just ordered book 2 The Drowned Cities. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven J.
I didn't finish this book in one sitting, but I wanted to! Bacigalupi has once again created a richly detailed world, while avoiding the aspects of teen distortion novels that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Grrrl
LOve love love Paolo. Tool is in this one too - so. . . so much more to love!Published 2 months ago by Michael J Greenburg