Hugo Award winner 2010, Nebula Award winner 2009, John W. Campbell Award winner 2010, Compton Crook Award winner 2010, Locus Award for Best First Novel 2010.
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.
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.
Paolo Bacigalupi's writing has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and the environmental journal High Country News. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Salon.com and High Country News, and have been syndicated into numerous western newspapers including the Idaho Statesman, the Albuquerque Journal, and the Salt Lake Tribune. He lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son.
Written by Booknan the Bookuser (2015-08-31)
A lot of build-up for very little payoff...I'm guessing there's something about this book I just don't get. I liked the setting, I liked how "authentic" and real it felt. The generipping, calorie companies and biopunk part of the book was pretty damn awesome...the rest just felt very herky-jerky.