Imagine a world where Monsanto was not just a multi-national conglomerate, but an international super power capable of warring with and enslaving entire nations.
Imagine a world where genetically modified plants are used as harrowing weapons that can kill entire populations – just so that a company can make more money.
Imagine a world where the equivalent of script kiddie hackers (for you not in the biz, these are amature hackers, like the graffiti vandals of the computer world) can “hackâ€ a plant’s DNA and create deadly or frightening changes.
Then imagine trying to live an everyday life in this world.
This is the world created in the book The Windup Girl.
It was rather ironic that this book arrived at the library this weekend for me to pickup. I had ordered it weeks ago after it was recommended as an interesting read in the steampunk (thoughÂ it’s more post apocalyptic cyberpunk, but whatever) genre. It was not mentioned to me that plants played such a vital role in the story. Considering that I wrote about heirlooms versus hybrids just a few days ago and that genetically modified crops are the next level in that discussion, it was a very timely and interesting read.
The jury is still out on my opinion on genetically modified plants, but this book did provide a lot to think about.
And while gardening specifically was not discussed in the book, there was some allusions to the idea that things grown simply for beauty were no longer possible and things grown at home to feed yourself were just downright dangerous to your health and general state of being alive.
Now imagine a world where you could not garden and you realize that this book is not just sci-fi but horror as well.
Regardless, an interesting read if you are looking for something to read and ponder this summer.
*Just a note – the book does contain certain amounts of graphic sexual violence as the main character is a genetically engineered “companion” turned sex slave. Just so that you know that ahead of time and don’t yell at me later for not warning.