Study Guide

Ship Breaker Characters

By Paolo Bacigalupi

Nailer

Nailer is an adolescent ship breaker who works on light crew, crawling in the smallest places of...

Nita / Lucky Girl

When Nailer and Pima find Nita half-dead on the ship, they try to cut off her finger, but she...

Tool

Tool is a half-man, but he seems to have more humanity than many of the actual humans in the...

Pima

Erm, not exactly. Sure Pima is Nailer's best friend, but these two aren't braiding each other's...

Sadna / Pima's Mother

Sadna serves as Nailer's surrogate mother throughout the novel. She's a large woman who has taken...

Richard Lopez

Let's work backward, shall we? Nailer kills his own father to survive. And then he's not sure how...

Minor Characters

A hard taskmaster, Bapi is the person who runs Nailer's light crew. He's on Nailer to make quota...

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