The Windup Girl

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I recently finished reading one of my Christmas gifts The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

From the School Library Journal Review:

In a future Thailand, calories are the greatest commodity. Anderson is a calorie-man whose true objective is to discover new food sources that his company can exploit. His secretary, Hock Seng, is a refugee from China seeking to ensure his future. Jaidee is an officer of the Environmental Ministry known for upholding regulations rather than accepting bribes. His partner, Kanya, is torn between respect for Jaidee and hatred for the agency that destroyed her childhood home. Emiko is a windup, an engineered and despised creation, discarded by her master and now subject to brutality by her patron. The actions of these characters set in motion events that could destroy the country.

Somehow this one had a Dune-like vibe for me.  I think it was the foreign-language phrases sprinkled throughout.  I liked it fine and gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

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