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Ship Breaker

Opening Line: "Nailer clambered through a service duct, tugging at copper wire and yanking it free...."
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.

The Drowned Cities

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Opening Line: "Chains clanked in the darkness of the holding cells...."
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. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.

Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo bacigalupi
The author of Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities is an American science fiction and fantasy writer from Paonia, Colorado. He is also well known for his novel The Windup Girl and his collection Pump Six and Other Stories. Bacigalupi has won the Hugo, Nebula, Compton Crook, Theodore Sturgeon, and Michael L. Printz awards, and was nominated for the National Book Award.


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Featured Media

Paolo Bacigalupi introduces Ship Breaker:

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Paolo Bacigalupi

The Drowned Cities Book Trailer:

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THE DROWNED CITIES by Paolo Bacigalupi (book trailer)

The Drowned Cities Book Trailer

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