Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 8Y4.474326
This thrilling bestseller and National Book Award Finalist is a gritty, high-stakes adventure of a teenage boy faced with conflicting loyalties, set in a dark future America devastated by the forces of climate change.

In America's flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life....

In this powerful novel, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a fast-paced adventure set in the vivid and raw, uncertain future of his companion novels The Drowned Cities and Tool of War.

"Suzanne Collins may have put dystopian literature on the YA map with The Hunger Games...but Bacigalupi is one of the genre's masters, employing inventively terrifying details in equally imaginative story lines." --Los Angeles Times

A New York Times Bestseller
A Michael L. Printz Award Winner
A National Book Award Finalist
A VOYA 2010 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
A Rolling Stone 40 Best YA Novels Book
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published on May 1, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316056219
ISBN-13: 9780316056212
4 Book Reviews
  • AndrewThursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:29 am
    never read the book sounds instring 😀
    • supergirlygamerTuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:45 am
      i love it
      • madelinelulu
        madelineluluSaturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm55 stars
        I personally love this book. It is a great read but for an older group of readers because of some of the gross and gory content. If you read this book you will not regret it.
        • meerkatw
          meerkatwMonday, January 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm44 stars
          The story starts out slow but gains action quickly