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)
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.
it was really bad I could not finish,it has stupid characters bad content and a plot that is not good enough to even try to follow
I was shocked at the number of good reviews. It was just so slow and boring and I was left with a feeling of who cares. To give you an idea of how slow the book is, I listned to the entire first piece of the three pieces I downloaded and I learned as much in that first third as I did in the 5 seconds it took me to read the pop up description. Save your credits for something interesting.
I knew going into this book that the first half of the story was going to be slow paced and overly detailed, but the second half of the book was supposed to make up for it. By the time I got 2/3 of the way though, I had had enough. I was so angry at this book because of the sheer boredom of it, that I did not care about a single character or story line. When the action started to "pick up", it almost seemed like an after thought. It was as if the author realized he was losing his audience, and started throwing in meaningless violence and death to make things up to us. This was the first book I have ever wanted to ask for my money back. I do not ever intend to read the rest of it. I just don't care.
I'm going to re-read Ready Play One to help wash the bad taste of this book out of my mouth.
I have never been so disappointed in a book, as I am here. I stopped listening to it about 2/3 of the way through, and just don't care enough about the characters or story to continue.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But the damage caused by the boring and meandering first half was too significant to overlook. This is by far my most disappointing experience on Audible.
I'm probably going to be listening to Stephen King's new book for the Gunslinger series.
Very monotone reader
After dealing with all but the the last 2 hours of it I finally gave up. I realized that even with the vast amount of characters in this book there wasn't a single one that the provided me with a reason to care about them. There's one guy who thinks he's going to get rich from a piece of fruit but since it was made clear that you good find them all over the place I never understood why. There's a fallen rich guy trying to regain his riches through theft. There's corrupt government people everywhere but one famous non-corrupt person somehow loses everything when he takes the same bribe everyone else is doing. and of course the poor windup girl who we repeatedly get to hear how miserable her life is. I have no clue how this book won an award & I never quit a book once I've started but I just couldn't get through to the end.
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