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, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.
What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind 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 poignant questions.
BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, author Paolo Bacigalupi explains how a horrible trip to Thailand led to the idea for The Windup Girl.
©2009 Paolo Bacigalupi; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Windup Girl will almost certainly be the most important SF novel of the year for its willingness to confront the most cherished notions of the genre, namely that our future is bright and we will overcome our selfish, cruel nature." (Book Page)
"A classic dystopian novel likely to be short listed for the Nebula and Hugo Awards" (SF Signal)
I crossed the half way mark hoping things would get better as per earlier reviews. Going to throw in the towel. The story line had potential on so many fronts. I gave it one star because I liked the title
There were two aspects of this book that I found disappointing. The first was the writing. I think that the book suffered from "word processor bloat" which many newer books and movies seem to suffer from. Just because it is easy to churn out pages of intricate details does not mean that anyone really wants to read them. This book should have been edited down. I attribute that to a new author way too in love with his own characters. The second is the bleakness of the subject. Yes, it is dystopian but the depth of the cynicism of the author for all things modern and seemingly all entities of the developed world was shockingly depressing and absurdly dark and hopeless. If you revel in hatred of the West and the modern world, you love loosing yourself in the simplistic romance of the "mysterious East" and you have set your watch to the environmental doomsday clock of the envirofascists, then this is your treatise!
Was too tedious to listen to, full of cliches, To the point where I stopped listening half way through the first part of the recording. Not credible to someone who likes and empathizes with this part of the world. Obviously written by a tourist. Should be entertaining nevertheless for whom doesn't mind the inanities of the environment.
I found this book boring in the extreme and couldn't even get past part 1. I managed 5 hours hoping it would change but at that point I figured life is too short to be wasted on any more. The characters were bland and uninteresting and nothing about this book or story made me want to hear more. Very disappointing.
This took SO long to say not much. It's confusing because he doesn't explain the terms used so you're never exactly sure what they're doing. Also tended towards soft porn many times. If that much detail was given to other aspects it would have been much better.
I don't get it. Why has this book received such praise. It went on and on about things of such little interest. By the end of the book I just didn't care. I must have missed something, because I sure don't get it.
I just couldn't listen any more. It was just too exhausting. Interesting for awhile but it just took too long to unfold.
For this listener the story was so-so (at it's best). The narration was low & slow. It was a tedious listen for me. Seems almost every book that the critics rave about disappointment me. It did help me get a full nights sleep however.
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