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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Sep 21, 2011

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bookshelves: post-apocalyptic, scifi
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Fascinating picture of a distant future in which genehacked plant diseases have overtaken agriciculture, calories are currency, methane's green light burns in the city, and a New Person, a windup, engineered for pleasure, is adrift in a too-hot Thailand. Problem was following too many main characters, too many story arcs such that the situation becomes the point, but leaves our emotional attachment to characters to flop around like dead fish. Also too many Thai words I didn't get the meaning of. I know, bad sentence. After the fiftieth mention of the methane's green flames I got a bit tired of it.

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