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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Jul 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: speculative-fiction
Read in June, 2011

Great post-apocalyptic novel. The concept I had never seen before. Essentially, genetic engineering is so SUCCESSFUL that a combination of nature and biological warfare has fought back, such that it's almost impossible to keep crops growing generation to generation.

The plot revolves around the Thailand seed bank, which is the only surviving seed bank with the world's fauna of genetic information, most of which was lost. The geneticists (not seen in the novel) are fighting to stay one step ahead of mutating blights that threaten the world with starvation.

In the meanwhile, other genetic modifications, including New People and Cheshire Cats are seriously present.

One of the main characters is an American who is trying to negotiate rights to some of the Thai genetic stock. The other is a New Person who is a sex slave.

The world is rich and incredibly interesting. The characters are deep and believable. After reading this I immediately grabbed Ship Breaker by the same author. A great read.

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