The Windup Girl
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The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi
Release date: September 8, 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: hugo award, locus award, nebula award

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.

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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.
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