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Waste Tide
Waste Tide | Chen Qiufan
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Award-winning author Chen Qiufan's Waste Tide is a thought-provoking vision of the future. Translated by Ken Liu, who brought Cixin Liu's Hugo Award-winning The Three Body Problem to English-speaking readers. Mimi is drowning in the world's trash. Shes a waste worker on Silicon Isle, where electronics -- from cell phones and laptops to bots and bionic limbs are sent to be recycled. These amass in towering heaps, polluting every spare inch of land. On this island off the coast of China, the fruits of capitalism and consumer culture come to a toxic end. Mimi and thousands of migrant waste workers like her are lured to Silicon Isle with the promise of steady work and a better life. They're the lifeblood of the islands economy, but are at the mercy of those in power. A storm is brewing, between ruthless local gangs, warring for control. Ecoterrorists, set on toppling the status quo. American investors, hungry for profit. And a Chinese-American interpreter, searching for his roots. As these forces collide, a war erupts -- between the rich and the poor; between tradition and modern ambition; between humanitys past and its future. Mimi, and others like her, must decide if they will remain pawns in this war or change the rules of the game altogether. "An accomplished eco-techno-thriller with heart and soul as well as brain. Chen Qiufan is an astute observer, both of the present world and of the future that the next generation is in danger of inheriting." David Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author of Cloud Atlas At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Mogoeg
Waste Tide | Chen Qiufan
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Mailed this off to @Hestapleton today! (should arrive Monday or Tuesday). I have a lot of thoughts about this book - uneven in places - but overall, I enjoyed it. I'll be interested to see what others think, as I may be ( outside of the Chinese speaking world) the most 'perfect' target audience for Chen's debut novel.

(This isn't the cover I have, but it is very cool! )

@MeesesPieces @Hazel2019 #LMPBC

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Decalino
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This grim near-future novel is set in a world of electronic garbage, sorted and handled by migrant workers who are treated as if they were garbage too. Mimi, one of the so-called "waste people," draws the attention of a local clan boss and suffers terrible, unthinkable consequences; meanwhile, the American representative of a global recycling conglomerate makes promises while pursuing a secret agenda. A visceral, disturbing vision of the future.

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Mogoeg
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@MeesesPieces @Hestapleton @Hazel2019 | Look at what I picked up today! Excited for our Dystopian reads!

Hazel2019 I can‘t wait! 🙃 2mo
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Smrloomis
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🥳🥳🥳 My new recommendations are ready! The tagged book is one of them. It‘s translated sci-fi and sounds great!

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Mitch
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wanderinglynn Ooh, thanks for sharing! 👍🏻👍🏻 8mo
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