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The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi Holy crap, this book is slow.

Maybe 2 stars is a little harsh, but according to the goodreads scale that means "it was okay", and that's pretty close to how I feel about this one. It's not a bad book, really. The worldbuilding is really imaginative, it's well-written, and there are some cool ideas here. There's some good stuff going on. It just somehow managed to bore the hell out of me.

I'm not one of those readers who needs to like all of the characters in a novel, or even identify with one, but in this case I couldn't summon up a single emotional response to any of them. That's a problem for me. Everyone was just kind of... bland.

I'm usually a very voracious reader who soars through books, but this one took me over a month to finish--and it's not even 400 pages long. It was very easy to put down and I rarely felt inspired to pick it up again. While I persisted and read through to the very end, I'd be hard pressed to tell you what actually happened in this book because I just didn't care enough.