Literary Feast Discussion: Ship Breaker (Chapters One through Six)
Okay, so instead of getting this posted on ThursFriday, it's officially going up on Monday. A time that is solidly and squarely three days late....
But that's okay!!!!!! Because Ship Breaker just won the American Library Association's Printz Award, which is for young adult literature. YAAAAAAY! So this timing works out, right? Right.
Comments on the first six chapters are below. We'd love to hear your thoughts as well!
Monica: Oooh. The book may disappoint us, but I'm LOVING the opening! I feel all gritty and disgusting and cramped, just like poor Nailer. Brava for the imagery, author!
Shel: It's official, I could never be a scavenger like Nailer. I wouldn't say I'm *actually* claustrophobic, but once as a kid I climbed under a huge, low deck in a park for some secret club meeting. I had to wiggle my way out, my back against the deck, my front scratched by wood chips. That day I learned that small spaces are not fun. I was a bit of a slow seven-year-old.
Shel: I like all of the religious elements. I'm curious to see where they lead.
Monica: I'm wondering how far in the future this takes place. Has that been established yet? It would be interesting to see what "old" versions of religions remain in the new... and now long it apparently took to shift over. ;)
Shel: Poor Jackson Boy...even if he was a little licebiter, that's a bad way to go. (See above comment and the fact that this book is reminding me of my possible claustrophobia.)
Monica: Best. Ghost story. Ever. Seriously, can you even imagine? "Hear that thumping, tiny child? That's the ghost of JACKSON BOY! He haunts these bulkheads...."
Shel: So far, all of the detailed descriptions and analogies are impressing me. But I have to say what *truly* drew me in was the ending of chapter two. Yikes! You?
Monica: Like I mentioned above, I was sold from the opening. He writes like we're actually there... and since I would never, ever ever ever want to BE there, I'm finding it fascinating to read from the warm, clean safety of my living room couch, with a nice glass of clean water next to me.
Shel: I like all this talk of luck and fate on page 41. I'm with Pima's mom. The fates have big plans for Nailer. BIG PLANS, I say! (And I don't feel that way just because I read the jacket flap.)
Monica: I hope so -- I don't know if I could take an entire book of Nailer: Copper Scavenger. Or, honestly, Nailer: Abused Child with Terrible, Terrible Father.
Shel: With hurricanes and oil spills, this dystopia feels much more immediate than a lot of the other ones out there.
Monica: Yes! Which is both awesome and teeeeeeeeerrible. I usually only like dystopian fiction when it seems far enough away that I don't need to worry about it.
Shel: And now the book was just announced as winning the 2011 Printz!!!!! Victory to Paolo Bagi...Bacigad...Bacigalupi!!!!!!! YAY!
So, now that you know what Monica and I thought of the beginning, we'd love to hear your thoughts. And stay tuned, will be back on Fri-Saturday with comments on chapters 7 through 12. Of course, by Fri-Saturday, I could possibly mean next Tuesday. We'll have to see.