Bacigalupi invents a colorful and detailed future where human and quasi-human toil to survive. Grim but not without hope. The story takes place in a tropical and swampy South Coast and follows the struggle of two teenagers to escape their enemies and survive in a relentless world. The two protagonists come from very different background and yet learn to be with each other. The scenario and story show great inventiveness. Well written and read.
This is really high quality dystopian fiction that reaches that level we're the plot merges with a flawless narration, with well developed characters, a perfectly balanced description of the world in which the story takes place and an interesting take on the genre. Or genres I should say, because this is a story that cuts across genres and merges classic adventure with sharp and believable dystopian sci-fi. I loved 'The Passage Trilogy', 'The Stand', the Joe Ledger series, the 'Until the end of the world' series etc... And I loved this one. Obviously they are very different and can't easily be compared since they belong to different genres, but they all have THAT thing, the language, the narrative, the portraits of believable characters and universes. In my opinion Ship Breaker is to the genre what The Passage trilogy is to its genre - the best read so far! I'll go right ahead and start listening to the next book by Mr. Bacigalupi!
Very plausible storyline even for a dystopia n tale. No spoilers but the characters are realistic not superhuman. Well plotted. Think most will enjoy even with young main characters.
Geological engineer and unabashed science fiction nut.
Interesting basis for a story, but I wasn't a fan of the writing style. I LOVED Bacigalupi's other recent books Water Knife and Windup Girl, but in comparison the characters and story in this book fell flat.
I think this was largely due to the narrator. He sounds very young and overly eager - like every sentence is from the final epic confrontation in a teen mystery novel. His voicing of female characters was particularly disappointing and one dimensional.
I still love Bacigalupi's stories, but I'll just tell myself this was his first book from when he was in his late teens (even though it's not) to rinse the bad taste from my mouth. Not recommended. Get Windup Girl instead!