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This review is from: The Windup Girl (Paperback)I must admit to being a little disappointed in this novel, after reading all the glowing reviews, and the comparisons to William Gibson, I was really looking forward to reading this. The author is a self-confessed eco-crusader, and that certainly comes across in the book, though I think one of the central premises that after running out of oil, humanity would resort to pedal power for all things (treadle-powered computers!!) was a little clumsy. The author seems to completely ignore even basic alternative energy such as solar power, or hydrogen fuel cells. I think I just couldn't believe the world he was creating, and that spoiled the enjoyment for me.
The book does have some plus points, the exploration of the implications of genetic modification are handled well, and it was certainly a 'novel' storyline. That said if you we're expecting Neuromancer style cyber-punk romp (like me) you may well be a little disappointed.