The Windup Girl

Bacigalupi, Paolo

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Windup Girl
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What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

Publisher: San Francisco : Night Shade Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597801577
1597801577
9781597801584
1597801585
Branch Call Number: SF BACIGALUP 2009
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,24 cm

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n a bleak, post-oil Bangkok, calories are currency, and pleasure girls are genetically engineered. Emphasizes biotech and environmental degradation more than computers and code.

This book creates an interesting world, where Thai culture and society is at the center, natural food is scarce, and calories are more valuable and coveted than anything else. - Shaolin Spocker #1701

What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

As Bangkok struggles for survival in an era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation, an American man specializing in the procurement of calories meets bio-engineered slave Emiko, provoking a dangerous chain of events.

Bangkok is struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation. American company man Anderson meets bio-engineered sex slave Emiko in this fast-paced dystopian biopunk novel.


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Mar 25, 2015
  • Jsmackenator rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Is it fair to rate this even though I didn't finish it. Well, I guess I think so. The fact that I couldn't get passed 50 pages, I think says something about the book. This one was talked about so much that I was excited to read it. But then, disappointed. I think my biggest problem with it was that it just didn't seem to get off the ground. Lot of time telling you about things without getting into what the story was about and why we should care. But still, a lot of people liked it, so you might as well give it a shot. I did. To each their own.

May 20, 2014
  • Soperlative rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very disturbing, however, I love the dystopic world Bacigalupi creates. A world ruled by corporations, with a puppet monarchy and walls holding the sea at bay. I loved his "calorie tales" in Pump Six, and this further expands on the stories of a civilization grappling with the unintended side effects of technology.

May 07, 2014
  • Jsm047042461559 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a very disturbing book. Of all the dystopian books I've read, I hope I die before the world becomes this cruel. But the author is very creative and it was well written, so it's not a total waste of time.

May 07, 2014
  • Labelleview rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Science fiction fans trying to envision a not-so-distant future racked by the dystopian effects of global warming, genetic engineering, and resource scarcity may enjoy this title.

May 01, 2014
  • Mpollock rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

On of my favourite books. Amazing plot with interesting and complex characters. Well worth a read.

Nov 14, 2013
  • ms_Ballbricker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book deserves to be a multiple award winner. Everything you could want in an adventure/sci-fi work. I recommend it highly. And you must listen to ms. Ballbricker

Mar 16, 2013

The characters were unrelatable and uninteresting. The plot does not appear until you are more than halfway through. Some of the ideas were good, and I can see what the author was trying to get at, but I don't think it was excecuted very well.

Jan 12, 2013

This is an amazing book, well worth the read.

I seriously hope that the author will write a sequel.

Sep 18, 2012
  • 6ATE4are rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a uniquely creative near science fiction set in Bangkok. The setting is a world in which the sea level has risen, gene splicing has created new crop diseases and the need for new gm crops, and petroleum products are all gone. An extremely intelligent and gripping treatment of the themes set in a culture that the author is well-acquainted with although he is an American.

Jul 28, 2012
  • Rbrightone rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book but it was a bit of work to get through. Its language reminded me of Tolkien or Tolstoy, long unpronounceable words and names. He really dips into the Thai culture and it shows and its cool to provide that setting but its so unlike anything that I was familiar with that it took quite a while to get into it. The idea of calories being currency, essentially, and disease raving the world was interesting. The windup portion of the book was very cool but came off as somewhat peripheral until the ending. Overall not a bad book and worth the time to read it but not a classic imo.

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