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.
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"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 listened to this book twice. The subject is current although the technologies described to cope are in many ways less advanced than many of today's "green technologies." However, the book is not about technology but rather about outcomes. The Calorie Man is rather two-dimensional, but working in biotech myself for the past 25 years, I sadly find him extremely realistic.
New evolution, indeed! An outstanding effort!
Too many books! I read audio books all day long and still can't keep up with all the great titles I've found!
Quality writing supports a first rate plot. It's hard and painful, to listen to what happens to the characters, but intensly worth it! Download now!
It's been a long time since I've read a story as moving as this one. Great storyline and believable characters. The story is set in a grim world, where it's not just a matter of good versus evil, all characters have their good and bad sides. This book has themes likes suffering, revenge and redemption.
The narrator has a pleasant voice, and I could just imagine myself being part of the story. A must read!
Usually I'm happy if I don't notice the narrator at all, but for The Windup Girl I'll make an exception. The reading actually enhanced the story for me, and I'll now seriously consider buying other Audible books just on the basis that they're narrated by Mr Davis.
Paolo Bacigalupi has written a book set in Bangkok inspired by a visit he made there. In this grim science fiction work, he presents a bleak story that will not turn the listerner loose. Social, economic, technological, and biological issues all come together to propell a story of and study of the human condition.
This is my first foray into science fiction and I am impressed. This is one mind bending ride. I would think that SF fans would find this volume a step apart. Those who are willing to approach this book with an open mind and willing to get through some dry parts (for me) will be rewarded.
The narration is excellent.
I'm a voracious audiobibliophile, mainly interested in speculative fiction, with the occasional mimetic fiction or non-fiction title sneaking in.
Narrated masterfully by Jonathan Davis, Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl" is stunning and sweeping, with a vocabulary that sticks (particularly thinking in economic terms of "expansion" and "contraction" vs. "recession" etc.), and a story that is engaging at several levels, from character, to setting, to plot. This audiobook has me looking both for more stories from Bacigalupi and narrations from Davis.
Its a very REAL book. you get to know and care about the windup girl and her plight. you can almost smell the slums and factories. I will listen to this again real soon, just to get the stuff I missed.
Initially a “slow burn”, but this is an incredibly well woven, thought provoking, and haunting science fiction story. The characters read so uniquely! Each chapter brims with culture, both real and imagined. Truly worthy of it’s Nebula and Hugo Awards. Paolo Bacigalupi is a talented author. Check out the Audible performance, if you’re pressed for traditional reading time. Jonathan Davis really makes the story come alive.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Paolo Bacigalupi has a vision for his future that is very detailed and nuanced. It is a dystopian future that is neither fun nor enjoyable to dwell in; as a result, this leads to a less than engaging book. I listened to half this book before I bailed on it. I was not liking it. My mind kept wandering from the fragments of story that I was able to detect and I became more concerned with what I was going to listen to next than the book I was listening to at the moment. I knew it was time to cut the cord. For me, it relates most closely to the Sprawl Trilogy of William Gibson. if you like the world it is fun, and the details will be fascinating, if you do not like the imagined future it is alienating and in the details will seem devilish.
Jonathan Davis is always good and his performance kept me hanging on longer than I might have with a less capable narrator. But in the end not even he could rescue this book for me.
Amazing. I can't believe it's not a movie already, not that I want it to be.
Near-future horror and hope. Refreshingly un-Eurocentric and absolutely plausible.
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