The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi is a thought provoker.
Fear provoker might be a better descriptor if you have any
sparks at all jumping the synaptic paths in your cranium.
The book happens in a somewhat near future Bangkok.
A Bangkok protected by monstrous dikes and levees.
(The water is up again in this future)
The world has “contracted”.
Genetic manipulation of our crops has tipped the scale.
Famine, Blight, Plague; the whole shootn’ match.
Agra Business rules most of the world.
Thailand has managed to keep the world
and the Agra Businesses at bay.
Enough! I liked this one! The guy can write!
His characters are all flawed, beautifully flawed!
I could relate!