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Ship Breaker

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Publisher: Turtleback Books

3.9
(15)

Language:English | Number of Pages: 336 | Format: Library Binding

Isbn-10: 060623456X | Isbn-13: 9780606234566 | Publish date: 

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  • 5

    From a not-so-young adult

    If this is a Young Adult book, I must be one. Near-future gloominess breaks through when Nailer, a young ship breaker, happens on the scavenge of his life and enters a world of adventure. I felt like reliving those pirate books I loved as a kid with an edgy, no holds-barred prose that appeals to ...continue

    If this is a Young Adult book, I must be one. Near-future gloominess breaks through when Nailer, a young ship breaker, happens on the scavenge of his life and enters a world of adventure. I felt like reliving those pirate books I loved as a kid with an edgy, no holds-barred prose that appeals to kids of any age. Excellent!

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  • 4

    http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2010/09/ship-breaker-2010-by-paolo-bacigalupi.html


    Bacigalupi 的第二部長篇旋即轉戰 YA 領域,儘管作品深度不若 The Wind up Girl 和頗受好評的眾短篇,劇情也偏向少年的純粹冒險歷程,但仍不失一部鏗鏘有力的佳作。


    近未來的米國東南沿海某處,低下階層居民只能依靠變賣拆船所攫取的回收物資為生。故事一開始就讓主角 Nailer 陷入危險境地,藉此闡述該社群的獨特文化與道德規準。為求生存,人人多少都會為自己著想;不過在這裡,家庭/團體的 ...continue

    http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2010/09/ship-breaker-2010-by-paolo-bacigalupi.html

    Bacigalupi 的第二部長篇旋即轉戰 YA 領域,儘管作品深度不若 The Wind up Girl 和頗受好評的眾短篇,劇情也偏向少年的純粹冒險歷程,但仍不失一部鏗鏘有力的佳作。

    近未來的米國東南沿海某處,低下階層居民只能依靠變賣拆船所攫取的回收物資為生。故事一開始就讓主角 Nailer 陷入危險境地,藉此闡述該社群的獨特文化與道德規準。為求生存,人人多少都會為自己著想;不過在這裡,家庭/團體的生存才能確保個人的安危。因此就算是年幼小女孩,只要一時見利忘義,破壞不成文規條,照樣落得眾人唾棄的下場。而 Nailer 就是那個堅持做「對的事」,也往往受到命運之神(Fate)眷顧的人。某次暴風雨後,Nailer 和同伴救出船業鉅子之女 Nita,為了逃避他惡霸父親的魔掌,兩人獲得無主「半人」(half-man)Tool 之助,跳上前往 Orleans(其實就是「第三新‧紐奧良市 X-D)的火車,尋求 Nita 家族的庇護。

    由於故事節奏非常快,角色塑造也極為鮮明,所以讀者只要跟著 Nailer 一路走下去,就能順利接受 Bacigalupi 所要灌輸的概念。什麼叫作家庭/家人,當可立即從正反兩派配角的行止中看出端倪。至於基因改造的「半人」,理當在生產之時設定其唯一效忠的對象;獨立自主的 Tool 和其他聽話的半人形成強烈對比,也算是作者將自己過往「創造物」小改一下拿來再利用,給少兒讀者思索後人類的人權問題。

    我不否認本書讀起來非常暢快淋漓,就算主角開強運外掛,也因為故事開頭有所解釋也不至於太過突兀。只是看慣成人作品的曲折、逆轉,似乎已經無法很理所當然地接受非黑即白,直截了當的棒喝了。

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