Feb 202015
Review: The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Published by Night Shade Books on Sept 1, 2009
Genres: Adult, Dystopia
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: dnf

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover 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; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-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?

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for a long time, and finally had a chance to pick up the audiobook version. Unfortunately, my experience with it fizzled quite quickly. I found the story very slow and I finally gave it up and DNF’d partway through.

The plot seemed to move really slowly, and the characters blended together so that I had a hard time separating their stories. More than once I mixed up who was who.

The narration of the audiobook was okay, but I think part of the mix ups came from the fact that there was no voice or tone differentiation between the characters. They all sounded and felt the same.

Maybe if I switched to reading the story I’d be able to finish it, but I can’t pick out even one plot thread that really captured my attention, so I doubt I’ll finish the story. It’s really too bad since I had high hopes for this book, and I hate when I end up feeling just apathetic about a story, but that’s the case here.

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