140 Words (or Less) Book Review
The Windup Girl
A truly intriguing look at a post-petroleum world that’s still dealing with issues of colonialism with a nice biopunk flavor. Set in a future Thailand beleaguered by plagues, mass corruption, political turmoil, and the ravages of global warming a “white devil” businessman, an AI turned sex slave, a genocide survivor, a populist hero and his loyalty-torn lieutenant all come together to carve out their own little piece of this unforgiving landscape. Who survives? Who thrives? Some brief scenes of sexual abuse and a whole lot of violence. An incredible novel, but truly frightening (though not improbable) how no one in this world cares about the suffering of the civilian masses.
Should you bother? Yes.