The people have spoken, and we're reading Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker for September's Book Club. If you weren't around for the poll, here's how I described it:
Paolo Bacigalupi specializes in environmental disasters in the best possible way; if you read SF, you might remember his novel The Windup Girl. Ship Breaker's protagonist lives by breaking down pieces of a better world, stripping metal from ships that no longer work in a flooded world without oil. Instead of combustion, the world runs on springs and genetic engineering, led by a few Monsanto-like companies that travel the globe on clipper ships.
To give a little more context, it's a young adult novel from an author best known for his non-YA stories, dealing with climate change, income inequality, and the future of food. I reviewed its (loosely defined) sequel, The Drowned Cities, last year. If you want to join in, here's our reading schedule:
- September 6th: Chapters 1 – 6
- September 13th: Chapters 7 – 12
- September 20th: Chapters 13 – 18
- September 27th: Chapters 19 – 25