This dystopian fantasy has extraordinary worldbuilding; perfect pacing; complex, fully realized characters; and edge-of-your-seat action sequences. It's dark and slick as oil (the reserves of which have long since used up) and compelling in the way only the best fiction can be.
When 15-year-old Nailer isn't dodging his father's drug-fueled rages, he works as part of a savage, ragtag crew salvaging copper wire from inside the ductwork of beached oil tankers, knowing he'll soon be too big to fit through the narrow openings, but too small to earn a living any other way. When he finds a girl alive aboard a wreck, he must choose between the financial security claiming her property would afford him, or going on the run together, hoping the people chasing them don't catch up. (LITTLE, BROWN, May, 336 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780316056212, HC, 12 and Up)