Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker
Ship Breaker is set in a world wrecked by global climate change, where young people like Nailer, the novel’s protagonist, are forced to make a living by stripping shipwrecks off the Gulf Coast of copper wiring. As a result of the completely changed world, people have seemingly become more cutthroat, because their survival is at stake every day. Nailer is forced to make a tough decision, when he has to choose between a possible comfortable future or doing the honorable thing, and saving a young woman of noble birth. It’s an OUTSTANDING novel that was nominated for the National Book Award and won the Michael L. Printz Award, which is given annually to the most excellent in young adult fiction.