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The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl
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*Winner of the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel* In this Time Magazine top 10 book of the year, Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to... show more
*Winner of the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel* In this Time Magazine top 10 book of the year, Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko. Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind 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 poignant questions. This title has been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. This title was also on the best book lists of the year for Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781597801577 (1597801577)
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Pages no: 359
Edition language: English
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YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it
3.5 Review: The Windup Girl
The Windup Girl was an interesting story and the setting was fairly unique in my experience. It’s set in Thailand, in a dystopian-type future, featuring genetic manipulation and political maneuvering. There are four main point-of-view characters, each of which are mostly focused on their own concern...
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it
4.0 The Windup Girl
Bacigalupi envisions a bleak world here. Not only have oil reserves dwindled to almost nothing, companies went too far a generation or two back and lost control of a plague that poisons food crops. In due course animal populations have plummeted. Its called the Contraction, and the world has indeed ...
Between Two Evils
Between Two Evils rated it
4.0 The Windup Girl
3.5 Stars + excellent world-building, engineering ideas, and cautionary tale. + Kink springs, Cheshires, and generippers were well done. - Too many characters I didn't care about. I wanted to know more about the windup, but she got very little page time. - lots of graphic violence that seemed gra...
Mike Mullin, Author
Mike Mullin, Author rated it
5.0 Is Tuck Everlasting Historical Fantasy or Science Fiction?
This review will probably contain spoilers. Read on at your own risk. Tuck Everlasting is one of those books that I've been meaning to read. For 30 years. I've resisted until now because several people told me it was an extremely sad book. I'm not sure what book they were reading. Maybe there's...
Niwue's Reads
Niwue's Reads rated it
4.5 Exciting, rich science fiction
The book is set in a dystopian future where nature has more or less collapsed as a consequence of pollution, global warming, abuse of antibiotics, bio-engineering and engineered plagues designed to destroy crops and give power to food companies offering resistant (albeit sterile) seedstock at premiu...
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