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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Jun 23, 2011

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bookshelves: adult, sci-fi
Recommended for: Those Who like Their Future Little Off the Wall

I think my biggest problem with this book is that I went into it having read Ship Breaker, which is on a very different level than The Windup Girl. This book is more along the lines of Animal’s People--many characters, political plots, and set in a world wholly unlike our own.

This book was hard for me to get into. It’s a clever book but it was one of those books that, while I was content to read it when I was physically holding the open book on my lap, as soon as I put it down to go do something else, I felt no compulsion whatsoever to pick it up again. Despite effectively tackling an interesting and important issue—parasite resistance in crops—I found The Windup Girl to be a bit too convoluted. There are many different characters to follow and most of the names are unfamiliar. Bacigalupi has created a very vague world that is only a shadow of the world we live in today. On one hand this was freeing but I also found it made it hard to create a whole picture in my head.

Emiko was by far my favorite character. In the beginning I both pitied her and had a hard time understanding her actions. Even now, after finishing the book, I am still confused about her background. I felt like I was reading her story but had jumped in halfway through. I loved the strength and personality she gained throughout the book. A windup girl is an interesting concept and definitely a narrative that kept me turning the pages.

The numerous storylines all come together in the end to create a satisfying ending. Though having said that, I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head who absolutely needs to rush out and read this book.

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