Windup Girl

I’m not usually in the business of reviewing books, but this one really caught my imagination. It’s not exactly post-apocalyptic, but it’s darn close. The world is so vividly realized and cleverly designed that I’m actually uncomfortable when I read it. The characters are not loveable, or even likeable for the most part. They all compromise in difficult ways to survive the corrupt post-petroleum world, and they definitely run to the self-serving end of the spectrum. The plot serves to hang the concept upon, but has not reached the status of page-turner. I think I’m really just reading to keep experiencing a brilliant envisioning of a future without oil. For that alone, it’s worthwhile.

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