The Windup Girl (Paperback)

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Do not dismiss this as some laser blasting, time traveling with little
green men of a book (I read and like those as well by the way) Set in a
hot and steamy modern Thailand, Bacigalupi has envisioned a world where
drought and pest have withered all but the most artificial of crops and
corporations fiercely protect their property rights of newly engineered
seed. With many character at different levels in the food chain “The
Windup Girl” lets you see life in this world from all angels. In a
world where the only true currency is food it seems that it is our
humanity is the first victim of starvation.

— Matt

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781597801584
ISBN-10: 1597801585
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication Date: May 2010
Pages: 361
Language: English

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