Join me as I work my way through the 2013 YRCA Nominees.
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. My thoughts: Lots of action and if you enjoy dystopian fiction you will enjoy this novel set about 100 years into the future. Our teen hero, Nailer, is a small scavenger with a vicious speed addicted father. His friends eventually include other teens, swanks, and a halfman. When a super-hurricane stops work and wrecks the flying yacht of a super-wealthy family, Nailer and his friend Pima start to salvage the best bits, until they find a dying girl whose wealth tempts them (and other, more dangerous people) to help her find her family. Nailer is a strong, conflicted boy who is not sure he has done the right thing, whether it's saving Nita, the rich girl, or fighting certain enemies to the death. Although I really enjoyed the story, I don't believe that this will be the winner. What are your thoughts?