The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl

Book rating: 03 Paperback Orbit

By (author) Paolo Bacigalupi

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  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 36mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0356500535
  • ISBN 13: 9780356500539
  • Sales rank: 3,030

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Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's calorie representative in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, he combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs long thought to be extinct. There he meets the windup girl - the beautiful and enigmatic Emiko - now abandoned to the slums. She is one of the New People, bred to suit the whims of the rich. Engineered as slaves, soldiers and toys, they are the new underclass in a chilling near future where oil has run out, calorie companies dominate nations and bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. And as Lake becomes increasingly obsessed with Emiko, conspiracies breed in the heat and political tensions threaten to spiral out of control. Businessmen and ministry officials, wealthy foreigners and landless refugees all have their own agendas. But no one anticipates the devastating influence of the Windup Girl.

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Author information

Paolo Bacigalupi is a multiple award-winning SF author whose debut THE WINDUP GIRL has been one of the most acclaimed novels in this area to appear in recent years. He also writes critically acclaimed, award-winning short stories in addition to novel length fiction. Paolo currently lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son,

Customer reviews

By Kaitlyn 03 Nov 2012 3

I managed to read about half of this book before I gave up. The plot takes a really long time to show up, and there are lots of non-english words that are never explained. Because I was constantly wondering what the characters were meaning, I just couldn't get into this book.

By MLN 31 Jan 2012 3

This book took me quite a while to get into. I think it was at around chapter 5 or 6 when I became hooked, but once I was, I devoured it. A brilliant read, one of the best distopian-future books I've read in a long time.

The relationship between Andersen and Emiko is an interesting one, and I really liked how it was portrayed.

I really, really, really wish there had been more illustration around the idea of the perfectly-built mechanical people - I really hope Bacigalupi revists this idea, it'd make a fascinating novel (or even film?).

By Safari 25 Oct 2011 3

sounds really good!

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Bacigalupi is a worthy successor to William Gibson: this is cyberpunk without computers Time Magazine Not since William Gibson's pioneering cyberpunk classic, NEUROMANCER (1984), has a first novel excited science fiction readers as much ... Paolo Bacigalupi is a writer to watch for in the future. Just don't wait that long to enjoy the darkly complex pleasu The Washington Post An exciting story about industrial espionage, civil war, and political struggle, filled with heart-thudding action sequences, sordid sex, and enough technical speculation for two lesser novels Cory Doctorow This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year Publishers Weekly (starred review)