The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


This is a hard book to review. For one it is a lot of grand ideas about the future packed in the book which tries it’s hardest to immerse you quickly. A lot of info goes by pretty quickly, you are basically dropped into future Thailand with no primer of the world. You have to learn as you read. I didn’t really have much problem here, I thought the book was well plotted and if you can just float along for a while you soon understand all you need to. Sure it’s slow and leisurely in its pace but I liked that about it.

I felt the writing was clean and very effective, the characters had real true motivations and you could understand why they did the things they did. I like the idea of books set in the future where science and technology hasn’t solved all our problems for us. The world is still full of the same people, there is just as much corruption and fighting, and the rich still walk all over the poor.

This is a really good book, although something still keeps me from an absolute recommendation.  I would still recommend this to people who are into future tales.


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