This is a very bleak steampunk themed look at a dystopian world. I like dystopian books normally, but I had a lot of trouble connecting with this one. It had some good premises, but unrelatable characters.
In the future the world's wealth is
measured in calories. Human bings have messed too far and now food is
scarce, there are terminator genes in the food, and several mutated
diseases and bacteria abound. There are also new creatures that have
been bio-engineered, even people. Among them there is Anderson, a
calorie man who is the Thai realm looking for a seed bank and the
treasures it could hold within, to return to the big corporation he
works for. And then there is Emiko, a windup human who was left for
trash when the Japanese business man who owned her decided he didn't
want her anymore. She makes her living hiding from the authorities who
hate her kind and whoring herself out at a sleazy bar. Together these
two will cause upheaval in the city and start a new future that could be
more frightening than the one they are already living in.
despite her degrading experiences and unique situations I couldn't
really get a feel for. I felt pity at times, but that's about it. And
I'm not sure if this is the reaction I was supposed to have. After all,
she is a wind-up and considered not a real person by society. So maybe
that was the author's intent. Anderson was also not that great of a
character. I couldn't really feel out his motives. Same with pretty
much everyone else in this book. None of them had clear cut thought
processes or even inspired sympathy. And finding a glimmer of hope in
them was near impossible.
I liked the different ideas presented
in this book. Certainly messing with the food system is a scary thing
and even eerily similar to some of the experiments companies are doing
already. To add in changing the genetic makeup of humans too just seems
logical. But as for the actual telling of this story I was confused on
so many things. There are just so many unanswered questions on how the
world got to the place it did in this book. And then the plot itself
is just so rushed around jumping between different characters that it
was hard to follow. I was never quite sure who was on who's side, doing
what, and why. And I should warn that there are a lot of graphic areas
of this book involving sex, violence, murder, rape and sickness. And
it is explicit and described in-depth.
Not really too my taste
but it had a lot of unique concepts. I'm sure someone who enjoys
science and dystopians would enjoy it very much. But I need to relate
to the characters if I'm going to enjoy a book.
The Windup Girl