The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

Another reblog special this week! I love discovering new books through others!

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Blister rust. Cibiscosis. Genehack weevil. Plant and human diseases mutate quickly in the 23rd century, where genehacking by the powerful calorie companies runs the economy. Staying ahead of the plagues can cause otherwise honorable people to justify acts they would never believe they were capable of committing. Major cities, including New York and Mumbai, were drowned as the planet heated; the capital city in Thailand is protected by levees and pumps. Fossil fuels were mostly spent out generations ago. Most power is now human- or beast-created and stored in springs; computers are driven by treadle; radios are hand-cranked. Bicycles, ships, and dirigibles provide transportation.

Anderson Lake manages the SpringLife kink-spring factory in the capital city of Thailand. Megadonts, huge beasts of burden that have been genehacked from elephants, power the factory. SpringLife kink-springs, when finally manufactured, should hold and disperse many more joules than regular springs. This huge factory, with…

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One thought on “The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

  1. Dear Ashley,

    Books don´t age like movies do so even if you picked up a book written 50 or 100 years ago you could still enjoy it. Unfortunately, many people are reluctant to see a movie older than a few years. It´s just the way it is. In an interview the French actor Yves Montand said that movies age very quickly in the eyes of the public. Having said that when I read “The Windup Girl” I loved it even though it had come out a few years earlier and many people had stopped talking about it. I´m busy so I get around to books when I get around to them. Just like movies.

    Needless to say “The Windup Girl” is a great read.

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