The Windup Girl

Hardcover, 361 pages

Published Jan. 8, 2009 by Nightshade Books.

ISBN:
9781597801577
OCLC Number:
373482688

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4 stars (20 reviews)

What Happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when said bio-terrorism forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of "The Calorie Man"( Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and "Yellow Card Man" (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these questions.

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4 stars

A very disturbing and realistic view of the post fossil fuel age where stored kinetic energy, springs, power mst everything. Oil is gone, coal scarce, and genetic engineering has taken over the food supply with the seed suppliers (calorie companies) controlling the world's access to food. Thailand is a lst holdout and is losing the battle.

The people in this book seem very real, you care about them with their flaws and quirks, warts and all. I would call this social science fiction and I liked it very much.

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3 stars

The Windup Girl is set in Bangkok, Thailand, in the undefined future. The 'Expansion' is over, loss of fuels and plagues have caused empires to fall and countries to become isolated. Agricultural corporations rule the world, but some countries still exist, including the very proud Thai Kingdom.

Anderson Lake is a so-called calorie man from AgriGen, come to investigate why Thais are able to cultivate nightshades and other fruit again. His political machinations to get access to the Thai seedbanks ultimately cause political coups and counter-coups in Thailand. The story is told from different PoVs: Anderson, his Chinese employee Hock Seng, the Thai hero Jaidee and his second Kanya, and Emiko. The latter is the Windup Girl, a genetically engineered Japanese servant who got stranded in Bangkok and now works in a Bangkok sex club. She will play a surprising role in all of this.

I devoured the book within …

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2 stars

This is really not doing it for me right now in my frequently sleep-deprived state. Keeping track of the criminal conspiracy conversations is a bit much. The world is interesting and clearly well thought out. There is some gratuitous rape right at the beginning with the intent to titillate, which should make an intelligent person cringe. Characterization seemed weak, though I didn't read the second half, so I could be wrong. Some very nice description in parts.

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Subjects

  • Bio-terrorism, gene-hacking, steampunk, AI