The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Fast-forward a handful of centuries and we find ourselves in the Thailand of the future. Global warming, depleted natural food sources, calorie companies, and engineered human beings to serve every whim are the staples of this new world. Set against this backdrop, Bacigalupi intertwines the fates of Anderson Lake, a Calorie Man hunting down extinct foods, and Emiko, the Windup Girl, in one of the best science fiction novels of the last decade.