Ship Breaker is by Paolo Bacigalupi. The first book in a new post apocalyptic series for young adults. The polar ice caps have melted, cities are drowned, and "city killer" storms frequently hit the Gulf Coast. Nailer is a teenage boy with a violent and abusive father who spends his days working with a salvage crew that scavenges old ships for scrap. Life is hard and survival is always questionable. Then, after a storm, he discovers a clipper ship and saves the life of its sole surviving occupant. Nita, is the daughter of a shipping magnate whose company is in trouble. Nailer decides to risk everything and help her get back to her father, who he hopes will offer him a better life as a reward. Not your average dystopian fiction.
Ratings: 9th grade- 9 out of 10 - MP (mild profanity) - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).