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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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2.5 stars

The premise is what intrigued me; in this dystopian future, food is power. Bacigalupi has created a believable alternate future reality. In Bangkok, Thailand, global warming is causing restrictions on carbon output and oil is depleted. What's more, the world's food supply has been devastated by biological plagues. With food limited, calories are the new currency. There are the New People; genetically modified humans who are physically flawless and are created by the Japanese to obey. A world full of oppression, filth and survival.

I found The Windup Girl hard to follow. There is such an array of characters who each have their own chapters that the plot quickly became confusing. I appreciated its messages about revolution, greed, and the impact our current actions are having on the planet. However, unfortunately, I couldn't get into it. This book carries a clinical quality which meant I felt little for the characters and I couldn't immerse myself in this dystopian world

Ultimately, The Windup Girl is incredibly clever but incredibly dull. Although interesting at times, finishing this book felt like a chore at the end.
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Reading Progress

April 13, 2019 – Shelved
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 9, 2019 – Started Reading
May 12, 2019 –
page 229
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May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: dystopian
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction
May 14, 2019 – Shelved as: science-fiction
May 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

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