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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Jun 10, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: sf-and-fantasy
Read in June, 2011

Something of a disappointment after all the hype, acclaim and awards it's garnered. The setting is fascinating: late 22nd century Thailand, after the collapse of the fossil fuel economy and the ravaging of most of the Earth by uncontrolled genetic modification of foodstuffs. But this backdrop, despite only being hinted at in frustratingly cryptic snippets, is still more interesting than the main plot of the book, which mostly concerns murky political wrangling. None of the characters engaged my interest and the whole thing seemed to meander over 500 pages when it could have raced along if cut to 300. A lot of interesting elements, but not woven together into an interesting book, in my opinion.
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