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The Windup Girl (2009)

af Paolo Bacigalupi

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What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.
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Set in a future Thailand where rising sea levels due to climate change and plagues caused by bioengineered crops and mutated pests ravage the world, Bangkok holds on with levees and water pumps to keep the city from succumbing to the sea and isolationism and the Environment Ministry to ward off plagues and control by the biotech companies and their sterile seeds. It tells the story of a biotech company employee trying to get his hands on Thailand's seed bank to exploit it along with the windup girl, the only one in Bangkok, and how their lives intersect. Really interesting book. ( )
  LisaMorr | Mar 1, 2024 |
An imaginative and unique post-apocalyptic setting with a large cast of morally grey characters doing terrible things to one another. I found it fascinating. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
As good as any book I've read before (about agro-terrorism, androids and Thai culture). ( )
  robmartin | Jan 15, 2024 |
Story: 4 / 10
Characters: 7
Setting: 10
Prose: 9

The Windup Girl started so well ... and there were so many reasons to read it: Hugo and Nebula award winner; and someone literally bought me a copy.

The unique, poetic prose and clever post-steampunk setting immerse the reader in the first few pages. The story starts off fairly strong with compelling characters and strange relationship dynamics. However, the plot loses direction in a web of tertiary story threads. At 33% completion, it was clear that the story was ultimately never going to come together. Since I'm reading through all the Nebula and Hugo award winning authors, I cannot honestly suggest you skip this book. Nevertheless, I would suggest reading one of Bacigalupi's later works: I imagine the stories would be more mature.

Tags: generipping (bio-engineering), plagues, post-steampunk, energy-efficiency, asia, androids ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Did not finish despite the fascinating worldbuilding.

Most of Bacigalupi's characters felt thin and two-dimensional. I did find Jaidee interesting and would have read a novel about him, but I was frustrated elsewhere by lapses in close third-person perspective. Some early examples: Anderson is attacked and it's described in cinematic terms (rather than "holy crap, this hurts"), or Emiko thinks "Oh, there my genetic engineering goes again, making me feel submissive," instead of simply feeling overwhelmed by genuine emotion and instinct.

I don't demand detailed character studies in an ambitious SF thriller, but I do need characters that I can empathize with, whether or not I like or understand them. This ensemble just didn't work for me.
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
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It is a reasonably convincing vision of a future rendered difficult and more threatening than even our troubled present.
tilføjet af karenb | RedigerA Son Of The Rock, Jack Deighton (Mar 9, 2011)
 
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.
tilføjet af souloftherose | RedigerThe Guardian, Adam Roberts (Dec 18, 2010)
 
But the third reason to pick up "The Windup Girl" is for its harrowing, on-the-ground portrait of power plays, destruction and civil insurrection in Bangkok.

Clearly, Paolo Bacigalupi is a writer to watch for in the future. Just don't wait that long to enjoy the darkly complex pleasures of "The Windup Girl."
 
One of the strengths of The Windup Girl, other than its intriguing characters, is Bacigalupi's world building. You can practically taste this future Thailand he's built [...] While Bacigalupi's blending of hard science and magic realism works beautifully, the novel occasionally sags under its own weight. At a certain point, the subplots feel like tagents that needed cutting.
tilføjet af PhoenixTerran | Redigerio9, Annalee Newitz (Sep 9, 2009)
 

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