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4.0 out of 5 stars The birth of genopunk?, 15 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Windup Girl (Paperback)
Bacigalupi creates a compelling, tangible post fossil fuel, mid-global warming world, populated by genetically engineered animals, humans and food. Cities are lit by methane harvested from the dung of 'megadonts',genetically engineered super elephants or from the composted bodies of the dead.

This is a powerful warning to us all of the dangers of a regressive future resulting from cynicism and greed now.'The Windup girl' depicts a realistic future in which human existence and technology is depleted. Where treadle powered computers,kinetic energy storing 'kink springs', bicycles, sailing clippers and dirigibles represent the pinnacle of human achievement and luxury for the masses.

Human greed is personified by the calorie (food manufacturing) mega companies who genetically engineer food of infertile stock and thus with a limited life and hold the world to ransom, keeping demand for their products high through the creation and propogation of artificial plagues.Such an idea seems less implausible following the recent economic crisis caused by the greed of banking system.

Bacigalupi creates a cauldron of competing tensions which build to a thrilling denouement- capitalism v government v monarchy v religion v the disenfranchised and poor.

The Buddhist notion of karma is woven throughout this novel like the sacred saisin thread of the monks and it seems in the final reckoning karma is just to the main protagonists.

'The Windup Girl' certainly reminds us all of our responsibilities and the potential consequences of our actions. Just how good an idea is genetically modified food? How wise is that domestic flight?
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