Ship Breaker

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,643 ratings

Ship Breaker Publisher's Summary

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

©2010 Paolo Bacigalupi (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Ship Breaker

    • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,804
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,487
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,497

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Fine Story; Not The WindUp Girl

    • By Ben Capozzi on 06-18-11

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 2

    • The Drowned Cities

    • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 746
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 670
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 674

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure

    • By Ryan on 09-01-12

    Regular price: $17.96

  • Book 3

    • Tool of War

    • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    Tool, a half man/half beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed. He has gone rogue from his pack of bioengineered "augments" and emerged a victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by someone determined to destroy him, who knows an alarming secret: Tool has found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Triumph By P.B.

    • By jermiahu on 10-24-17

    Regular price: $35.00