Saturday, August 20, 2011
The Windup Girl*
Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book immensely and if you like scifi, I think you will, too. Here's the basic premise:
Anderson Lake is a calorie man, living in Thailand where he's searching for "foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories." Emiko is the windup girl, a "creche grown" creation who moves in stop-stutter time. She is New People, perfect and beautiful, designed to be as loyal and as obedient as a dog. "Regarded as soulless beings...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."** When the two meet, events proceed in an unexpected fashion and this is probably why I like scifi so much; it almost always surprises me.
The Windup Girl is no exception.
Paolo Bacigalupi also wrote Shipbreaker, which I loved.
* This book won the 2010 Hugo Award.
** from Amazon's review