The Windup Girl
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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I stumbled across this book in a bookstore in Knutsford in the UK whilst taking a quiet Sunday walk with my wife. The cover grabbed me first, followed by the unpronounceable-looking author surname. I read the whole first chapter in the bookstore, imagining the non-existent disapproving glances from the book sellers.
I've just finished the novel and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was maturely written, had some decent characterisation, and above all completely sucked me into the world. I found the science believable, astonishing and above all, very clever.
I'd recommend this to everyone; especially if you are reading this review as a potentially first foray into science or speculative fiction. It rocks, and I'll look forward to the author's next novel.
Great read and hugely imaginative
I enjoyed this book, well paced and written and great to have the reader fill in the gaps about the nature of the future world.
I think the book has wide appeal, recommended!
The best book I've read in ages. Very highly recommended.