This is the bookgroup book for August. In a far future Thailand, we see a changed world. Our currency is now calorie because the oil is all gone. There are five main characters winding together, apart, and with outer people as Thailand becomes closer and closer to stop functioning. The character that we see the most often is an engineered person who belonged to someone who came to Thailand for work and then left without her. Why pay to take her back when he could get a new one for less at home? She then accidentally causes a civil war.
We see all the twists and deviations flashing through the book and we had about half the group who didn't want to push through the mazes. I liked it a lot as do the rest of us.
In September 2010, the novel won the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel category, tying with China Miéville's The City & the City. In May 2010, the novel won the Nebula Award for Best Novel. In 2010, the novel won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. In 2012 a translated version of the novel by Kazue Tanaka and Hiroshi Kaneko won a Seiun award for "Best Translated Long Fiction" at the 51st Japan Science Fiction Convention.
(I took that from the Wiki; it's a lot to type.