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Posted on Sep 22, 2011 in News, Ship Breaker, Writing | 4 comments

SHIP BREAKER gets a new cover

The paperback release of SHIP BREAKER seems to be making its way into the wild, a little ahead of its official Oct. 3 release day. Here’s the new cover, with all its shiny medals, and a more adventure-oriented design. I quite like it.


  1. Rough and tumble, but I like it! And those snazzy medals don’t hurt, either. ;)

  2. Just started reading this and I cannot put it down, keep up the good work. I Also just finished Pump Six and The Windup Six which I found fantastic. Hopefully you will revisit the calorie controlled dystopia again as I believe there are more stories to be told.

  3. I love this book! I am a little confused though, because I couldn’t figure out the setting. When I looked it up, the book trailer said that it was a dystopian future, but wikipedia said it was a post-apocalyptic future! I know that I shouldn’t trust wikipedia, but I was wondering if you could tell me what time period the book took place. I cant wait until the sequel!!Thanks

  4. Ok, so I am sorry for the previous post. I was just a little too lazy to look it up. I actually found it myself, by accident, and I will post it here:


    “Ship Breaker, for example, is dystopia at its grittiest and least fantastical. Roughly a hundred years from now, the ice caps have melted, causing sea levels to rise, particularly on the old southern coast of America, near what used to be New Orleans. Government has broken down, and the world consists of economically driven clans.”

    Hope that clears it up for anyone else who didn’t understand the setting. (And I also learned not to trust wikipedia!)