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October 2013 Book Club: Halfway Through Ship Breaker!

October 2013 Book Club: Halfway Through Ship Breaker!

By Matt Heckler

Well, Masterminds, we're halfway through the month! Hopefully you've been making great progress on Ship Breaker, the novel by Paolo Bacigalupi which we're reading together for October. Whether you're a bit ahead of the middle or not quite there yet, it's time to talk about what we think so far!

One of the most notable things about the book that stood out to this particular Splogger so far is that there are tons of well-developed minority characters. Science fiction is all too often shown as a bit of a white folk's club, and it is really refreshing to see great characters like Nailer that just so happen to be minority characters. That being said, they also feel very REAL and not at all like stereotypes, which is just as important as the characters being featured at all.

How about that world in Ship Breaker? In the novels, kids are forced to work to strip old ship wrecks for spare parts and sell them for scrap. The world has been severely changed by ecological disaster, and it is one of the few things children can do, in a world where becoming an orphan is terrifyingly common.

Here are a few questions to think about in discussing Ship Breaker:

  • What do you think of the world? Is it realistic?
  • Who are your favorite characters so far?
  • How do you think you would deal with the moral conundrum of "honesty vs. opportunity"?
  • What's your general opinion of the book so far? Do you like it or not?

We hope you're enjoying it as much as we are!

Tags: reading, fiction, ya fiction, mindhut book club, ship breaker

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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