I don't think so. To me, the book never seemed to really take off. I think I was expecting something bigger in scope than what I got, but instead I spent the whole novel inside the petty politics of one claustrophobic and drowning city with only hints of the bigger world outside. To be honest, I was bored most of the time. Individual characters showed hints of being truly interesting, but they got lost in the larger narrative.
It can be summed up in one word: meh. As with the book as a whole, the ending hints at bigger things, but fails to deliver.
I'm not sure if I have or not, but he did a good job.
It inspired me to feel slightly annoyed at the friend who told me to get it because I would love it.
Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!
I have not read a lot of "cli fi" and wanted to explore the genre. I really enjoyed the book, a mix of a totally fictional story with an at least potentially plausible scenario of the future. The narrator did a very good job with a lot of characters to represent.
The book actually got me thinking about the fact that gene splicing is in fact likely to become routine in the future. While most authors talk about how great that will be for food supply and other things, this book raises the very interesting question of how the same technology can be used to nefarious ends. Much like we're constantly fighting a rear-guard action against cyberwarfare today, what's to prevent us from face gene warfare tomorrow?
Want to see what climate change could mean? Here's one version to sink your teeth into.
This was one of the most creative and imaginative books that I have read. Bacigalupi created a magnificent world that is harsh and brutal. His imaginings as to what could happen with our world in the future (maybe not too distal) are horrifying. This story was beautifully written. I did have a hard time following the audiobook and kept getting the characters confused. That's something that might have been rectified if I had a physical book. I think it's because the names are all different and difficult. I wanted more Emiko and was a little disappointed that the book wasn't all about her. I'd like to see more in this world and with these characters.
I would recommend this book, if you like science fiction & futuristic stories. Wonderful story of the resilience of human spirit.
I liked the story line & how even the windup girl didn't know herself or her own hidden strengths
The windup girl
There is a sense of unremitting hopelessness permeating the book. While I believe this is a deliberate plot device by the author, it could put off some listeners
There is plenty to like in this story of a dystopian future ravaged by climate change and a host of genetically manufactured creatures and diseases. The characters are well drawn and allowed to develop at their own pace, while the plot is anything but predictable. There is a bewildering array of characters; once I realised that Lake and Anderson are in fact one character named Anderson Lake I had to go back to the start for a re-read.
I found the in-your-face sexual violence perpetrated on the title character to be quite impactful, but I can see why the plot development required it, so I must respect the author's decision to include it.
While I wouldn't recommend this book to my Mother, I think those who enjoy reading sombre reflections on where our planet may ultimately end up will, at the very least, read it through to its conclusion.
While I didn't adore this book, and it doesn't make me want to read more of this author's work, I think 3.5 would have been a fairer rating.
There was almost no charcter in this book that was truly sympathetic --or even particularly developed, each desperately involved in self interest. And any plot(s) --both complicated and pedantic . I kept listening hoping it would gel into something but never seems to.
The narration is good. It went some way to salvaging the situation....
This work has a vivid tactile feel to it; the humidity, smells, crowds, dampness, dirt, and squalor of the setting gets under your fingernails. My subconscious had an active couple of weeks while I was listening to this work. All of the scenes in the book look like a Thai version of Blade Runner. This work was written to be filmed. Bravo to Mr. Bacigalupi for creating such an imaginative addition to the bio-punk genre.
Narrator Jonathan Davis has a soothing baritone that lends itself well to the intensity of the story. His pronunciation of the few difficult Thai words ("Somdet Chaopraya") sound excellent to my untrained Western ears. There is an incongruity between his Western baritone and the Asiatic characters he is representing, however. Despite this he does a wonderful job of differentiating between the various characters using only the subtle qualities of a trained voice actor. I never had trouble identifying the characters that were speaking.
The plot introduces a consistent world-view based upon limited resources, nationalism, flawed economics, and stone age mysticism. Very heady stuff. His "kinksprings" fascinated me. Just hearing the words "algae bath" makes me sick to my stomach now. The ending was a real pleasure. If you like science fiction then I recommend you give this work a try.
fallow different characters
Paolo Bacigalupi dose an excellent job a creating a interesting world but then he doesn't really do anything with it. his characters are uninteresting unsympathetic and single diminutional. the story had so much potential but ultimately didn't go any where
Well narrated stylistic future world, great visual build. Storyline is weaker than storytell but overall good listening experience. Would recommend it.
Recalls the Masters
The John Burdett books because of the Thailand setting
He was pretty good at keeping the voices different so it sped up the movement of the plot.
Not at first. The idea of complete control of the food system by "calorie corp's"( sound familiar?) is my idea of a horror story. So it took me a while to settle in. There was some setting up involved so I could grasp what was going on in this world. That's why I said "Recalls the Masters", like Dick, Heinlein etc, where you drop into this world and just start running, filling in details as you go. I'd never even heard of Mr.Bacigalupi before, but it was a great find. I hope there's going to be more books of this story.