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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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Dec 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi, spec-fic

Sci-fi set in a future Thailand where big agribusiness companies have managed to destroy most of the world's non-genetically-engineered crops. The book follows the story of a "calorie man", a Thai official charged with protecting Thailand from genetic plagues, a Chinese-Malaysian businessman refugee, and the eponymous Windup Girl--a genetically modified human considered to be soul-less genetic trash by the Thai.

The author paints a bleak (and all too imaginable) future of genetic epidemics, agribusiness monopolies, global warming, and petrochemical depletion. The book has plenty of action and interesting ideas about the future. There were a few interesting similarities to Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone, although that book takes place in a fantasy realm instead of a high tech dystopia. Both revolve around artificially created women and deal with how society views them and how they manage to establish some sort of equilibrium with their worlds.

I liked it.

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