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The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Night Shade Books | September 1, 2009 | Hardcover

The Windup Girl is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Recipient of the Sturgeon Award, Paolo Bacigalupi''s writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov''s Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Salon.com and High Country News, and have been syndicated into numerous western newspapers.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Night Shade Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1597801577

ISBN - 13: 9781597801577

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I read this book for my "Science, Technology, and Society" class. Usually assigned readings are boring but WOW! This book was great! It depicts a dystopian future where calories are the new currency and the market for food is controlled by large corporations. There is corruption and discrimination, all the horrible things one might expect to see in a novel that essentially explores tragic outcomes of our current markets and ideals.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Effort Set in a future time when the world's plants and animals are subject to an endless cycle of disastrous mutations has put mankind's food supply at risk. Amid all this despair, farmers in Thailand are growing crops lost to the rest of the world. This has brought calorie man Anderson Lake to try and find the scientist responsible. During his quest, he is introduced to Emiko, a Japanese created 'New People'. While the Japanese embrace these creche grown beings, the rest of the world barely tolerate these windups. Coming from an environmentalist background, I was most intrigued by devastation to the global flora and fauna. A little snip here and little tinker there, and soon we have a cascading genetic crisis. I wish there had been more emphasis on this part of the story rather than on the windup girl and the political crisis that developed in the country. The one thing that most disturbed me was the level of corruption in all branches of the government. Bribes were required in almost every situation. You want a package cleared through customs, you pay a bribe, you want to get the union to do the work they've been hired to do, you pay a bribe, you want to do just about anything, you pay a bribe. As distasteful as this process is to me, it was fundamental to the development of this story. This story really has me pondering how close we come to this type of disaster. Currently the Emerald Ash Borer is devastating the white ash trees across my area of Ontario. Loss of trees in the affected areas will be 100% (unless treated). This is horrific damage from a pest that was accidentally introduced to the area. Imagine if these pest had targeted a food stock instead of a tree. I found this book was a bit hard to get into. There was a new world to be introduced to as well as several sets of characters all with their own connections, ranks and priorities. Once I got past that stage, I rather enjoyed the story line. This is a complicated world that Mr. Bacigalupi has constructed and there are a few open story lines that could lead to a sequel, but as of yet, there is no hints of a follow-up.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Windup Girl I really enjoyed this book. It touch on a lot of themes that are relevant to our society today, from the dangers of technology to racism. The story was entertaining and the ending left me wanting more. In a good way of course :)
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive and thought provoking This is one of the best dystopian books I’ve read. Told from several points of view, the story unfolds painting a vivid picture of future Thailand and the rest of the world. There are so many layers to the plot and characters that I was thinking about it long after I was done reading. It is not a book for everyone. You’ll not have any cheap thrills, one dimensional characters or neat packaging in here. The future world is a dark place filled with selfish people, each striving to fulfil their agenda. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Bacigalupi is an author I’ll be reading again.
Date published: 2010-08-22

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The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Night Shade Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1597801577

ISBN - 13: 9781597801577

About the Book

What Happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when said bio-terrorism forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of "The Calorie Man"( Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and "Yellow Card Man" (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these questions.

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Recipient of the Sturgeon Award, Paolo Bacigalupi''s writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov''s Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Salon.com and High Country News, and have been syndicated into numerous western newspapers.

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