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The Windup Girl
- By: Paolo Bacigalupi
- Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
- Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.
- By Disco on 27-03-2019
Thoughtful book of a future dystopia
This book is a thoughtful inquiry into our possible future with big questions surrounding GMO's and their place in Bacigalupi's future world. Bacigalupi turns the question of GMO's on its head, reasoning that they are an extension of nature and imperative to the survival of his future society. All of this is very interesting and combined with a host of gritty characters the book is a great read. Bacigalupi's character development is thorough but could easily be criticised for slowing down the story and dragging out the middle section of the narrative. The other negative is the brutal sexual abuse suffered by the windup girl, it's enough to caution readers with a trigger warning, there's a scene in chapter 3 and chapter 29 but the rest of the book is ok. Overall, this book is worth the read, persist through the middle section to be rewarded by an interesting twist at the end.