- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597801585
- ISBN-13: 978-1597801584
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Windup Girl Paperback – May 1 2010
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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD, THE NEBULA AWARD, THE LOCUS AWARD, THE COMPTON CROOK AWARD, AND THE CAMPBELL MEMORIAL AWARD
It’s ridiculous how good this book is. . . . Bacigalupi’s vision is almost as rich and shocking as William Gibson’s vision was in 1984 . . . I hope he writes 10 sequels.”
Lev Grossman, TIME
Reminiscent of Philip K. Dick’s Blade Runner.... densely packed with ideas about genetic manipulation, distribution of resources, the social order, and environmental degradation ... science fiction with an environmental message, but one that does not get in the way of its compelling story.”
Sacramento Book Review
This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best ... clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A captivating look at a dystopic future that seems all too possible. East meets
West in a clash of cultures brilliantly portrayed in razor-sharp images, tension-building pacing, and sharply etched characters.”
Library Journal (starred review)
"When it hits its sweet-spot, The Windup Girl embodies what SF does best of all: it remakes reality in compelling, absorbing and thought-provoking ways, and it lives on vividly in the mind."
"Bacigalupi never slides into moralism or judgement ... Ultimately that's what makes this debut novel so exciting. It's rare to find a writer who can create such well-shaded characters while also building a weird new future world."
From the Back Cover
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, 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.See all Product description
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More a compelling world and an interesting plot than a character driven or emotive experience. You can see that he has the potential to do even more, and that will indeed be a treat.
Ultimately, this is one dynamite science fiction thriller. The topics that are explored are nearly boundless. Robotics, environmental disasters, evolution, gene manipulation, bio-terrorism, inane power struggles, the superficiality of religious groups and man's innate instinct for greed are but a few of the topics. The author weaves these important themes into an array that is not only spell-binding but, in the end, offers a view of future morality that confirms out everyday striving to a higher set of principles.
If you buy this book, simply 'hang in there' for a number of seemingly disjointed pages. The struggle will be well worth it.
Bacigalupi provides a solid science fiction with a perspective on the world after global warming and genetic engineering disaster. The characters are well managed with motivation and action in sync and the political situation is believable.
Glad I read it.
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