Study Guide

Ship Breaker Chapter 2

By Paolo Bacigalupi

Chapter 2

  • Nailer's in the tanker, following the wire. He wants to quit, but he worries that Bapi will fire him and that Sloth will undermine him in order to take his spot. The competition has ramped up.
  • As Nailer works, he thinks about the kid who lost his way in the ship and died, only to be found mummified a year later. Ew. He also thinks about how he's going to be too big next year for this job.
  • Nailer imagines rats and gets pretty claustrophobic. As he tries to crawl out, the duct he's working in collapses and he falls into a warm, viscous liquid. Uh-oh…

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