A gritty, high-stakes adventure set in a futuristic world devastated by global warming where oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer.
In America's Gulf Coast region, grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. 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 by 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, Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION Michael L. Printz Award, 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2010 National Book Awards Finalist, 2010 American Library Association Notable Books for Children, 2011 Locus Awards, Best Young Adult Book 2010
A VOYA 2010 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
A Rolling Stone 40 Best YA Novels Book
"Exciting, poetic, and breathtaking."
Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
"A riveting tale of adventure in a broken world."
Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series and Leviathan
Paolo Bacigalupiis the New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker, a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of the Locus Award nominee The Doubt Factory; a novel for younger readers, Zombie Baseball Beatdown; and two bestselling adult novels for adults, The Water Knife and The Windup Girl. His first work of collected short fiction was Pump Six and Other Stories. The winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, he lives in western Colorado with his wife and son. The author invites you to visit his website at windupstories.com.