Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand. Undercover 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; she is an engineered being, crèche-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? Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.
Bangkok is surrounded by a dam preventing the city to get swallowed by the ocean. Thai government is in constant alarm against modified viruses because of nearly past mortal plague. There are bad people after business and politics, too few goodBangkok is surrounded by a dam preventing the city to get swallowed by the ocean. Thai government is in constant alarm against modified viruses because of nearly past mortal plague. There are bad people after business and politics, too few good people, many desperate and confused ones in this world out of petrol, but rich of biotech. And there's the wind-up girl, so sad and candid. A complex, wonderful plot with a terrific end. Worth of the Hugo Prize. "- Tell me, what is a windup girl doing here? -. Emiko shrugs. - I was left behind -."...Continua Nascondi