Paolo's style is fairly superificial and does not go into any depth regarding the characters' real feelings.
Part 2 finished before the story ended!! I downloaded it again but still it finished before the end of the story. In fact at the most exciting part - the boat with the hero trying to avoid capture by ducking over the sunken city.
hard to say when I don't know how it finished
I hope Audible is still not selling this book in its incomplete state.
Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.
The audio version was a little confusing sometimes. I wasn't sure what the people were saying. It took a while to get into the story.
Deciding whether to kill the girl or not.
It definitely would have helped to listen all in one sitting because if I spent a couple days away, it took me a bit to get back into the rhythm of the language and the slang. It was definitely interesting enough to listen to in one sitting.
I previously read The Windup Girl, and really enjoyed it. He really created a vivid world, realistic characters, and an engaging plot.
The narrator was slightly sub-par. But I was able to listen to the entire audiobook.
The Young Adult fiction genre has changed over the past 15 years or so. Modern YA is currently being enjoyed by many adults. But this novel, is truly written at a much younger level: it's audience is a younger reader, and it written as such. I felt stupid reading it. Like I was reading a Dr Seuss book. It was so much different than Paolo's other novel, The Windup Girl, which was written at the adult level.
Now, sometimes I enjoy reading a simple book, but I guess my expectations were so high after reading Windup Girl. If you enjoyed Windup Girl, be aware, this book is written with much simpler plots and themes. Nothing as complex as Windup Girl.
AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire
The author starts the story off with interesting characters that I started connecting with almost immediately. This is a great accomplishment for the author who has to build an entire futuristic world and introduce terms and settings that are not immediately familiar. But it works, and the story just gets more and more interesting with twists and hopes. There is a lot of groundwork at the beginning that pays off in the end, so that the story ties together neatly. There is room for a sequel, but make no mistake, this is a complete story in itself. I saw it recommended on Audible, and took a chance, and I'm glad I did.
I enjoyed this book. It was paced well and kept me listening. A lot of time was spent building Nailer's world, which I really enjoyed. However, I wanted to know more learn more about the "swanks" and the world from their point of view. The end left me a little flat. Big exciting action scene, and then Nailer is dropped back onto the beach.
I would, I absolutely love the author's work and would recommend this to anyone who has read his other work. Unless I was recommending it to a 14-16 year old though, I would not want this book to be the introduction into the author's world.
The continued exploration of the world created by the author.
Everything from Tool's perspective.
No, I felt dirty and kind of sad after reading the book. It's a raw and harsh story at times.
This is a great book, but if Windup Girl is strictly for adults, I would give this one a pg-13. It's not as complex.
Seattle gardener, reader and food lover
I had already read The Windup Girl by Bacigalupi, but Ship Breaker is an even better story. I never wanted to turn it off. I wish the narrator had just forgone the accents. It bothered me the whole time, but the great story managed to overcome the the so-so narrator.
Bacigolopi turns the story of disposable humans into a love story with poetry. Despite or maybe because of his almost cruel and very clear direct look at humanity at its most desperate, there is beauty in his world. Swanson's voice reflects it all wonderfully. It is still a book you want to listen to in one sitting.
I'm a big fan of Baciagalupi, so it isn't surprising that this novel really appealed to me. Very good story, very engaging, and....well, I bought both the audio book and the eBook. The story was that compelling.
I'd compare it to any of his other books. His dystopic views of the future seem quite plausible. I can't think of another book quite like this.
Too many to list.
The storyline. It has continuous entertainment and excitement
Nailor the Ship Breaker
Nothing. I'd prefer a different narrator