The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, the break-out science fiction debut.

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ISBN-13: 9781597801577
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Paolo Bacigalupi is the award winning author of adult and young adult fiction. His work has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, and Locus award among others, and been nominated for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. His short fiction has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and High Country News. Bacigalupi lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son.

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Windup Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 268 reviews.
StupidSchmuck More than 1 year ago
I bought "The Windup Girl" on a whim. After reading the back I decided to give it a try. Bacigalupi has invented a terrifying future. Filled with Blister Rust and famine. No longer does the human race rely on the old fossil fuel, that source is long gone. So is the idea of a global economy. What once took hours now takes weeks as humans ply the oceans as they once were in times long past. Airplanes are a form of archaic transport and even electricity is a rare resource. It's a world where the seeds of plants are worth mountains of gold and getting enough calories in a given day is an up hill battle. I found this story intriguing and hard to put down. It was well written and the author has the ability to bring his characters to life. Though many authors own that ability, it's still nice to read a book where you feel like you know how a character is going to react to a given situation. The idea of the heechy-keechy windup girls who move in a stutter of stop motion is so interesting. The only thing that gives away the biologically engineered human who walks among the crowds is their flutter of spastic movement. As if they are in a constant wake of a strobe light. This book is deep and will remain one of my favorites for a long time I'm sure.
Snuffle_Shuffle More than 1 year ago
The windup girl is a fascinating character with her odd movements and disposition, but the book is barely about her, which was disappointing. I found myself somewhat uninterested in the other characters and unsatisfied because I wanted to know more about the windup girl. The integration of Thai and Mandarin (I believe that's what it was) language was interesting but confusing at times. I was sadly disappointed by this book; it had a lot of potential (characters, setting, etc.) but I personally did not think it was executed as best as it could have been. An okay read all in all, but I think it could have been so much better.
gezza More than 1 year ago
Like all avid scifi readers, I heard of Bacigalupi's Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, and I certainly wanted to read it. I fairly recently read a great short story of his previously, 'Pop Squad', in Brave New Worlds (a very well written, disturbing dystopian story), and I wanted to read more of him. The Windup Girl is one of the best novels of any genre I have read, in many years. It deserves its Hugo and Nebula awards, as it is a masterpiece of futuristic world building, within the confines of Earth's future. It's characters are sensitively portrayed in detail, and the plot is intricate, surprising in its turns, and penetrating in theme. It is what any aspiring speculative fiction writer wants to achieve. It is a benchmark, a masterpiece. I don't use superlatives like these too often. The novel is that good. Perhaps the only criticism I can lay before you - and it is more a case of personal taste than a technicality - is that I am not overly enamored of the third person, present tense POV for works of any substantial length. It took me quite a while to avoid the distraction of this less-than comfortable style of writing (albeit, I accept that it was useful for enhancing the immediacy of the tension of the tenor of the novel). Even in Bacigalupi's case, I don't necessarily think pros outweighed the cons with regard to this matter. Given the mastery of the writing, plot, characterization and themes, this criticism is a small matter. The world building astonishes me. As I hinted above, Bacigalupi creates a future society within the context of a future Earth, but transformed beyond expectation. Genetics is the keystone of what technically (and culturally) drives society, in a backdrop of an energy-starved population. It smack of truth, given the inroads in genetics and the Monsantos of this world. It also smacks of truth with current issues with regard to environmentalism. What makes this particular powerful, however, is representing this future world in the microcosm of a future Thailand. This was masterful, and Bacigalupi clearly researched this part of the world meticulously. I use the term 'microcosm' lightly, because it turns out that this future Thailand is a special place, unique and more than just a representative of humanity-to-come - it is in many ways the center of humanity's universe. Bacigalupi paints his characters well, and not a single one of them is just noble and righteous. They are all flawed, due to the circumstances of their lives, and because, quite simply, they are human. Even the New People. The key characters, Anderson, Hock Seng, Kanya, Jaidee, and The Windup Girl (Emiko), are expertly drawn and attract reader empathy, and yet are scrutinized for their frailties, whether they were self-constructed or were thrust upon them. Anyone with a predilection for speculative fiction, and particularly dystopian themes, will be immersed in The Windup Girl, and will want to read more. If you have discomfort with the Third Person, Present Tense POV style, try hard to ignore it - it's still well worth it. Five sparkling stars.
RenLovesScary More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book tremendously! Bacigalupi takes you into a world where fruits are manufactured, gene ripped, and there is not enough to go around. Where living creatures are also gene ripped into working, living, breathing creations that are both loved and despised. I was lost in his world of yellow card immigrants, Megadonts and Cheshires (I want one). I'd love to see a second book of The Wind-up Girl. Wonderful read. Thank goodness for the release of Pump Six, a collection of his short stories. Tore through it in two days!
spartac More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the world-building in Dune, you should be impressed with the interesting and different world Bacigalupi has created--and his writing style is exceptional.
Ferret_Mom More than 1 year ago
I had picked this book up and looked at it about a half dozen times then gently placed it back on the shelf deeming it too uninteresting for MY tastes. Then it pops up as a friends' read and makes me rethink my own stance, so I picked it up off the shelf again, didn't look at it, bought it and came home. I read everything else new I had picked up and then I settled down for what I thought would be a laborious read. I found myself frustrated feeling as if I had just stepped off a dirigible or Clipper Ship into a confusing place and time with no context of the times' past. It was unnerving to say the least. I have never read any of Bacigalupi's writing before and had no idea of his writing style so his world was very foreign to me in more ways than one. It's ok though, I got it finally... or at least I think I do. The world building leaves a lot to be desired since we have no explanation of this futures past except what is given via different characters memories. This can be somewhat confusing because in one instance I thought I had a reference of 500 years past the year 2000 but then another character speaks of stories his great grandfather told of foraging in the suburban areas after the fall of fossil fuels. I came to the conclusion it didn't really matter WHEN the novel was taking place but WHAT was taking place. After making this conscious decision I rolled with the punches and came out only slightly bruised. I am not really sure if I like this book or only think its ok, so I'm going with the 'like' option because I'm still thinking. I found the story itself paced slowly but that in a way is possibly intentioned by the author to convey a sense of place as well as leading us, the reader, into the mindset of the cities citizens because many of them are just sitting; waiting to see if they will work, will eat, will die, or will be killed. I found so many different varieties of life conveyed in this book and so many different subtexts it's hard to determine what if any of them were meant by the author or if it's my own need to quantify what I read. All in all a good Sci-Fi read. I say if you're still on the fence about reading it, go for it, you might find out you liked it despite your initial apathy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bacigalupi brings a fresh petspective to a genre that many thought only Stephenson could save...
PeterSabin More than 1 year ago
The extrapolation quality--the very warp and woof of science fiction--is both superb and all too conceivable. The social commentary implicit in the concept of 'yellow card' is also quite real (and sometimes ugly). Character development was consistently good and the complexity of the work contributed to my enjoyment. But foremost this is a darn good read. I look forward to other works by the author. Recommended highly.
Gwendydd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked how Bacigalupi portrayed the results of current genetic engineering of foods: this is a world where all food is not just genetically modified but completely genetically crafted. Global warming has devastated the planet, and thanks to an energy crisis, the world now runs on calories - that is, human and animal labor run everything, even machines, and energy is measured in the number of calories an animal must eat to make the machine run.As much as I found this world fascinating, I just couldn't get into the story. Part of the problem is that I was never sure who I should be rooting for; part of the problem is that the characters were fairly flat and none of them were particularly likeable. Bacigalupi's writing style is relatively bland: which didn't help either. I didn't dislike the book enough to stop reading, but for some reason, I just never found it very compelling.
Bcteagirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest I had a bit of trouble getting into this book. Although I like dystopian tales, this was the first that fit into a 'steampunk' category. I had trouble visualizing the environment, and found I did not identify with any of the main characters.The plot focuses on a dystopian post peak oil Thailand. Several major changes have taken place: Electricity/energy is scarce... megadonts (Prehistoric elephants) have been engineered to run on treadmills. This means long distance travel/trade is much more difficult. Various diseases run rampant, many due to the genetic engineering of food. Global warming means that many areas are flooded out/politically unstable. And most importantly, 'calorie companies' that sell foodstuffs resistant to these new diseases hold incredible power in most countries, and are setting their sites on Thailand.The story is then told from several different angles highlighting Thailand fight against the calorie companies, the corruption and political instability within Thailand, industrialists within the company trying to buy any seeds that may be competitive/develop new energy sources, and a 'windup' or genetically engineered female who belonged to a wealthy Japanese trader who abandoned her in Thailand rather than pay the bribe to get her out of the country (Genetically engineered items are forbidden in Thailand).I did find the book picked up towards the end and I did find the descriptions during the various coups to be much better than the descriptions at the beginning of the book. I gave this book 3 and a half stars.
PeteBarber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fascinating concept. A perfect functioning girl (woman) genetically created with built in idiocincracies to suit her owner/master. The overall story concept had shades of Pinnochio, and why wouldn't it. She wanted to reach the town where the wind-up people lived. She wanted to be treated as a 'real girl'. The world building was excellent and the Asian setting seemed authentic to me. The author must have experience living in an Asian culture. The political solution to the country's problems at the end felt a little dry and disappointed me sligtly--the story was at its most interesting when the wind-up girl was the focus. But this is a must read if you like this genre.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Post-environmental apocalypse Thailand has survived by largely closing its borders to the gene-modified, sterile seeds of the megacorporations and relying on its own resources, but politics and plague threaten to disrupt its fragile equilibrium. With POV characters a Chinese refugee, a Japanese genetically engineered windup girl kept in sex slavery, a white Western calorie-man, and two key members of the Thai environmental ministry, Bacigalupi manages to show off a wide array of human suffering and infliction of suffering. Basically, people will keep ruining the world even as they¿re also trying to save it in their conflicting and self-serving ways.
timjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's a lot to be impressed by about this near-future SF novel, set in a future which is, if not post-apocalyptic, at least post-a lot of bad things. Both the style and the plot appear to be strongly influenced by William Gibson's Neuromancer, with good helpings of J G Ballard and Joseph Conrad in the mix, but this is biopunk rather than cyberpunk.The novel's great strength is in its depiction of its future Thailand, and in the depiction of those characters who get enough attention to be well delineated. Its major flaws - and they are sizeable enough to have created a lot of controversy - are:1) The author crams too much in - too many storylines, too many tangents. The result is that some characters, such as the gifted but shadowy genehacker at the core of the plot (whose name suggests a sizeable tribute to Gibson), remain figures from central casting - in this case, Marlon Brando playing Mr Kurtz.2) The titular character, Emiko, is a genetically programmed sex slave who suffers several brutal sexual assaults in the course of the novel. [Spoiler alert:] She turns into an assassin and wipes most of her tormentors out, but nevertheless, the relish with which these scenes were described left a nasty taste in my mouth.Despite those criticisms, it's clear that Paolo Bacigalupi is a very talented writer who thinks deeply about the worlds he creates.
the_bibliophibian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no denying that Orwell's 1984 was a relevant and terrifying speculation on the future when it came out in 1949, and that elements of its prophecy have come true, but fascism is not the threat to our way of life that it once was. The world has changed, and its nightmares have changed with it. Paolo Bacigalupi has provided an updated account of what humanity is doing to itself: welcome to the world of The Windup Girl, where domestic cats have been supplanted by flickering engineered cheshires, calories are currency, and governments and corporations struggle to stay one step ahead of the bio-terrorist super-blights which ravish the world's rapidly diminishing supply of produce.Many of the world's nations have already fallen to blister rust, cibiscosis, genehack weevils, and the predations of the midwestern monopolies, which sell sterile crops so that none can take their market. Thailand has survived by nationalizing its seedbank and keeping the secrets of the last natural flora for themselves, but Anderson Lake has come undercover from AngriGen to take their secrets for his company's profit. But his factory manager Hock Seng, a Chinese refugee from genocide, has plans of his own.Jaidee Rojjanasukchai, the Tiger of Bangkok, leads the Environmental Ministry's white shirt enforcers and spends his days intercepting and destroying smugglers' loads of illegal produce and trying to elicit a laugh from his stoic second, Kanya.Emiko is the Windup Girl, a beautiful and illegal genetic hack designed to be the companion of a wealthy Japanese businessman, abandoned on the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as abhorrent and unnatural by the Thais, she allows herself to be pressed into the life of a prostitute in exchange for shelter from the white shirts who would euthanize her.These are the characters around whom Bacigalupi unfolds his epic tale of the age after oil, the characters whose intrigues and desperate attempts at self-preservation may tip the scales on the fate of the entire kingdom in which they machinate, may push humanity to the very brink of extinction. The Windup Girl is as relevant and terrifying as 1984 must have been when it was new. It is a vivid and fully realized conceptualization of what world we may find in the next century, and a dire warning for us all.For more information and free reading of a few short stories set in the world of The Windup Girl, head on over to Bacigalupi's website.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is the far future, in the time of the Contraction, after the world has mostly run out of oil, sea levels have risen, and most crops have been destroyed by genetically engineered pests. The world¿s food supply is provided by a few mega-companies, and engineered elephant-like creatures called megadonts supply the heavy labor. In the Bangkok of this future, dikes and pumps are all that keep the ocean out, and the Environmental Ministry rules absolutely to prevent breakouts of the never-ending plagues.This is the world that Bacigalupi has created in The Windup Girl, and it is a fascinating one. His Bangkok is a bizarre mixture of past and future, of steampunk and biopunk ¿ steamy, hot, crowded and desperate. Then he sets into motion a convoluted, sprawling plot that starts with a ¿windup girl¿ ¿ a genetically engineered Japanese geisha abandoned illegally in Thailand ¿ discovering that she possesses extraordinary, unsuspected abilities. The story then proceeds into quite unexpected directions, including a coup and a civil war. The plot is so sprawling that I had a hard time sometimes keeping straight exactly what was happening, but I really didn¿t care, as I was so enthralled by Bacigalupi¿s vision.The Windup Girl is Bacigalupi¿s first novel. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and it was named one of the top 10 books of 2009 by Time magazine.
g33kgrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For someone as paranoid about environmental disasters as I am, this is a book sure to leave me twitching! A new vision of a dystopian future, this one created by the genetic engineering of food and diseases, for reasons both benign and malicious, leaving a world where calories are the most precious of all substances. It's just believable enough as a future to make you paranoid, and made me remember why I decided to start taking public transit more and drive less in the first place.That alone should tell you how good this book is.Besides the setting and the world-building, both of which are fantastic, the plot moves along quickly. This is a future Thailand, set in a world where most of the countries that exist today exist no more, and in a time when global travel and commerce is rare and slow. The cast of POV characters is wide, ranging from an immigrant who survived a massacre of his people in a different country, a man from what is now the United States but then is not, and the windup girl herself - a genetically engineered New Person, living the life of a fugitive. The story they tell is multifaceted. It's the story of survival in a harsh time and place; it's the story of the the compromises people make to live with themselves; it's the story of consequences and how far-reaching they can be.But really what this book is about is the trade-offs we all make, unthinkingly, every day, between what we do to the world around us and what that benefits us. It's so well done that it made me feel like it's ridiculous that anyone, ever, anywhere drives a gas-powered vehicle, and I say that as someone who owns one. This book is a really good instance of the idea that science-fiction is really about the present (whereas standard literature is about the past), and if you're of the mind to be thinking of these things already, it will drive home the point that the way we currently live is unsustainable and must be changed. A digression: part of the conceit of the windup girl, of the New People, is that their DNA was altered to change their behavior - it's specifically mentioned that dog DNA is spliced in to create obedience. Which, fine, ok, I can buy it - I read an interesting article recently on how foxes, when bred for doglike personality traits, also developed doglike physical traits, so I don't know how well you could isolate just behavioral genes, but I definitely have no problem with the idea they exist. Given enough time, I also have no problem with the idea that you can splice animal DNA into human DNA and get the results you want. I wouldn't want to see the outcome of the experiments where it didn't work, but I have no problems postulating that eventually, it would work - and no timeline is given in this book; it never tells you what year it is. So: taken as a given. But then there's this quote, on page 184 of my copy:She herself admits that her soul wars with itself. That she does not rightly know which parts of her are hers alone and which have been inbuilt genetically. Does her eagerness to serve come from some portion of canine DNA that makes her always assume that natural people outrank her for pack loyalty? Or is it simply the training that she has spoken of?This is all speculated by a POV character, not the author, so I am certainly not putting words into Bacigalupi's mouth, but this is a good example of one of my personal pet peeves so I wanted to point it out. Barring any unspecified advances in the future-science of the book (and it's never mentioned), no "natural person" has any idea which of their impulses come from genetics versus temperament, either! I just fail to see how any of the above, barring the specificity of the canine DNA, can't be said about anyone. And that might be part of Bacigalupi's point; I won't give away any spoilers, but let's just say the windup girl isn't the title character because she stays strictly within accepted boundaries for the whole book. And in fact, the more I think about it, th
mojomomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't in the right frame of mind for this one and I don't normally read much science fiction. The premise was interesting, but I was unable to keep all the characters with the Thai names straight. I did find it interesting that the evil corporate interest behind everything was based in Des Moines! Pioneer Hy-Bred is in place to take over the world according to this author. In the future, Thailand is one of the few countries to survive the "Contraction." The oil-based economy collapses, the seas rise and diseases ravage the plants and animals left on earth. Genetically engineered elephants, megadonts, provide most of the power. Seed banks are priceless for their DNA as genetically engineered fruits are the only ones able to withstand the diseases that wiped out most food stuffs. Corruption runs rampant and in the climax of the book, the Environment and Trade ministries fight for dominance of the kingdom.
paulkeller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of the best SF novels i have read in a while. the story line is relatively simple and it is not really a smooth read but the scenario (a post-apocalyptic, post fossil fuel, post economic contraction thailand that has isolated itself from the rest of the world in a struggle against gen-tech food companies that dominate the world) is superb. food (sic!) for thought....
flouncyninja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a bleak future some indeterminate number of years from now, the ever global expansion of trade and culture has constricted back to a point where countries must fend for themselves or suffer the consequences. Global plagues and famines have destroyed the world¿s natural resources, and only through genehacking do companies have the ability to create food that could temporarily hold up against deadly disease. Ivory beetles are quickly eating their way through trees, destroying what¿s left of the natural world. Sectarianism has created vast groups of illegal immigrants seeking low paying wages in hostile host countries where the natives do not want them.Within pages, Paolo Balcigalupi creates a world that is both familiar and foreign, a reflection of the world today but much, much worse. The current media-enhanced epidemic of bird flu and drug resistant bacteria is changed to cibiscosis that eats away your lungs and fungal diseases that leave skin scarred and puffy, destroying your body from the outside in. Current fear of petroleum depletion is nothing compared to a world where giant elephant-like megodonts are used to power factories and humans use spindal run computers. Global warming is not a "theory", but a proven fact with the ever increasing sea level. Failed crops of today are nothing compared to blister rust destroying natural occurring food sources as a whole.In this world, the city of Bangkok has barricaded itself from the outside world and, thanks to a mysterious genehacker, is able to feed its people foods that haven¿t existed in lifetimes. An American named Lake Anderson poses as a foreign owner of an energy-supplying kink spring company to cover his attempts at discovering these secret recreated foods and the source of their creation. In his attempt to find the master genehacker, he is introduced to Emiko, a New Person ¿ a genehacked humanoid creation of the Japanese, bred for loyalty and obedience ¿ who is serving as a prostitute in an attempt to hide from the authorities after her owner abandoned her. Thais aren¿t too fond of the human-made heechy keechy creatures and she¿d be killed if her jerky movements were caught by authorities that could not be bribed.The world Balcigalupi created is amazing. It¿s so vivid, complex and complete that it took me a while to realize the story itself had taken a turn towards a political drama and far away from the android-esque girl of the title. What seems to be the main story line becomes subsumed by a political war between two government factions: the insular Environment Ministry that has a nationalist stance that Thailand doesn¿t need the help of foreigners to care for its people, and the global Trade Ministry that wants to open up global trade again for the sake of the country¿s - and their treasury's - well-being.Before you know it there are a cast of characters with complex back stories and three dimensional personalities that allow you to follow multiple story lines weaving in and out of each other with no problem at all. Though these multiple storylines do fall under the same problem that most complex stories have: by the time you¿re immersed into a storyline, the chapter ends and a new one begins with a different set of characters and you don¿t know when you¿ll next pick up the plot you were so into. It also causes slight confusion with shifts in time. Events that occur parallel in time could be separated by chapters rather than paragraphs or even just line breaks.Emiko does become central to the story, a catalyst for the events of the last third of the book, though she isn¿t often ¿on screen¿, which was disappointing. I wanted more about Emiko, about the New People in general ¿ their background, their history, how they were developed. But then again, I really have a thing for robots.The political battle that took over the book was interesting and allowed for a lot of action and changes in motivation, which makes for great story telling. Political drama just isn¿t re
dwkenefick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good enviornmental dystopia. The pacing is a little off : it took some effort to get into, and then started moving very quickly. I think the book could have started 50 pages in. The characters were a little weak, and had out of place attributes ( some to clever for the positions they were in, some too dumb, etc. ) but they got better as they went. In the end, he crafts a very interesting and entertaining story. I hope that he writes a sequel, and I hope he dives into his survivng characters a little more, and let us really get to know them.
StigE on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A worthyish Hugo winner. A steampunkish dystopian future set in a Bangkok boiling over with intrigue, bioengineering and the results of rising sea level. Thought provoking and an enjoyable read.
Erinys on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writer did not put enough soul into any of his characters. The book reads like a short story that was stretched out beyond its scope.
Valleyguy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very well done story with many elements to it. One of the elements I enjoyed the most having lived in an Asian culture is the points of view of the different characters weaved together in the plot. Each had different and often opposing agendas that had to do with their cultural values and the hands dealt to them. I thought the descriptions were very culturally accurate, Paolo definitely knows what he's talking about. Although none of the characters but Emiko, the Windup, is very empathetic, they are all intriguing and fun to read about. It takes a while to get into the book, but that is probably because the first part of it involves a lot of character and world building. It pays off because the story keeps getting better and better until it finally comes to an ending that leaves all the characters in a different position that that which they were aiming for throughout the book. Can't wait until I have time to read his other works.
LitReact on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot of science fiction is based on recognizing a trait of human development (cultural, societal or personal) and taking this quality to its most extreme, tortured state. The trait Windup Girl plays with is the human talent/urge/curse to manipulate things around us to suit our benefit. Thus the genomic hacking of agricultural companies is brought to its most horrific possibility with diseases and animals (originally created by man) spreading and killing across the globe, displacing the natural world. Aside from genetic manipulation, the novel also revolves around political manipulation as all the major characters attempt to wheedle and subvert one another. All this manipulation leads to a compelling premise and a fascinating setting.Where the novel¿s world is original though, its characters, plot and dialogue are stock. There is the old canny refugee who ultimately turns out to have a heart of gold, the helpless girl who realizes that she has the ability to defend herself, the incorruptible honest man who serves as an example to the people and the Judas who betrays him for (what else?) money, the sinister agent of foreign interests who (you guessed it) also happens to have a heart of gold, the corrupt and debased regent who control the strings of an invisible and mute monarch, the brilliant scientist who demands to be worshipped as a god, etc. (Note to all mad scientists: no matter how smart you are it is impossible to come up with a believable, decent speech saying you¿re a god. Plus, since your legs have been crippled by disease I don¿t know if it¿s the brightest idea in the world to be hanging out in a boat in the middle of a sunken city.)You¿d think if we¿d gotten so ace at cracking the genome that we¿d be able to manipulate the DNA of these characters so they¿d have some life in them.Perhaps even more painful than the characters is the clumsy irony that the novel deals to them. Yes, it is sort of ironic that an agri man, he of the masterful knowledge of genehacks and genetic origins, falls prey to a new illness he never anticipated. Yes, it is a twist of irony that at the end of Windup Girl it is Emiko who is cool while Anderson burns with heat he cannot dispel. These are all as ironic as that old Alanis Morisette song which quite frankly was, ironically, not too ironic at all.If you¿re looking for the definitive vision of an emaciated future, stick with Neuromancer; The Windup Girl reads like a cheap (spring powered) knock off of Molly, Case, Armitage, Wintermute and the rest of the cyberspace gang.
BillPilgrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very creative and well-written. A view of the world about 200 years in the future, in a post-oil society. A great read.