Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
This was a good adventure yarn, but nothing special. Given that this book was advertised as a tale of the future, I assumed that the ships were being broken down because no other materials were available for whatever calamitous reason. I was disappointed to discover that the broken ships were just being sent to recycling plants in a world that seems identical to today except for a higher shoreline.
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 …