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Parents' Guide to

Ship Breaker

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gripping but bloody dystopian tale will make teens think.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Challenging ideas of comfort

Having not read "sci-fi" since I was a young teen, I was blown away by this novel for many reasons. It's fast paced, and thus likely to keep the attention of the video game generation, the protagonist is not only "street smart" but has deep moral values, and he is able to build the possibility of a better life for himself by understanding that family, friendship and loyalty are choices and not givens. This book is iconoclastic, in the broad sense and I loved it for that.

Is It Any Good?

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From the first page to the last, one adventure after another will keep readers turning pages. Swash-buckling evil characters seem to be in charge, and around
every turn. Just as no escape seems possible, the heroes find a way. Just as they nearly break away, they are caught again and again.

But beyond the adventure, this book will challenge teens to mull over the bleak world of the ship breakers: How did their society come about? How can we avoid this fictional world becoming a reality? Readers will appreciate the difficult ethical choices the heroes, especially Nailer, struggle with -- and be relieved that the good ultimately manage to come out on top. 

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