SCI-FI What will life be like in a world that has exhausted all natural resources and relies on technology? SHREEVARSHINI
Title: The Windup Girl
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher: Hachette India
Price: Rs. 395
Artificially created human beings, mutated elephant-like animals, genetically modified food that is the sole source of energy and other consequences of warnings ignored is what The Windup Girl is all about. Created by scientists to reduce labour for man by tinkering with human DNA and trained by others like her is the Windup girl, Emiko. She is created for and by the Japanese but is stranded in Thailand and ends up in a brothel. Anything artificial, used right can be of immense profit, but once lost control, it spells destruction, a universally acknowledged truth, that this bio science fiction is.
Set in Thailand, it talks about the political scenario of the country. The environment department and trade department, running a violent race to reach the top is shocking to read about. The politically unstable Thailand of the future, which reflects its vulnerable state of the present and its unfruitful plight to freedom, is pathetically portrayed by Bacigalupi.
The state of world politics is also predicted as is the disappearance of the United States and Chinese refugees in Thailand. Paolo Bacigalupi’s words flow like a river, which shapes up into a realistic story. His unbearably brutal, but honest insight of the future makes it appealing. Though, unwanted usage of words like ‘joules,’ ‘calories’ and the like, becomes irritating, as we turn page after page. Scientific words like these makes the novel sound as though it is compelling us to believe that it is a science fiction.
A world exhausted of petroleum and natural resources, technology, food and democracy is scary to read about. Colonisation is brought back. Food industrialists rule the world and the protagonist Anderson Lake searches through the country for disease resistant and extinct genes. The existence of man without the luxuries that he enjoys in the present makes it a cycle of life.
The political and environmental science lovers will love this fiction. The Hugo and Nebula awards that were bestowed upon for this novel, is well worth it. It makes a good and hardcore read.
Shreevarshini, a student of B A English Literature at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai.
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