I realize I’m late to the party for this award-winning book.Â The Windup Girl is one of my favorite kind of books:Â complex, plausible, a little scary, brilliantly written, and satisfying.
Paolo gets a lot of points from me on world-building.Â I believed this place and time. Of particular interest, I believe that we have come to a world where the balance of power is affected by corporations at least as much as by governments.Â This book captures that, although it isn’t “about” that.Â I think the core of The Windup Girl is an appreciation for the plenty and abundance we have now, and a warning.Â But then, most good science fiction books are warnings.
Small warnings for the reader:Â Not for the faint of heart, and prepare to spend some time with this one – it is a bit of work to read, but the work pays off. Well.