REVIEW: Yellow Card Man by Paolo Bacigalupi

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Science Fiction/Apocalyptic Fiction, Pages: 28, Level: Intermediate

Short Story Description from Barnes & Noble:

The eleven stories in Pump Six chart the evolution of Paolo Bacigalupi’s work, including the Hugo nominated “Yellow Card Man,” and the Sturgeon Award-winning story “The Calorie Man,” both set in the world of his novel The Windup Girl.

This collection also demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Bacigalupi’s work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.

In the same dystopian future as The Calorie Man- Tranh used to be a successful man with a good job, but in this new world where calories are the currency, he is starving and looking for steady work. Tranh will do anything to survive…

Yellow Card Man explains more about the world to be seen in The Windup Girl. It is a dismal world where human life has very little value. Bacigalupi shows the worst in human nature in this story. Is a crime still a crime if it comes down to a life or death situation? The world Bacigalupi creates is terrifying, yet so fascinating, you cannot help but read on.

Reviewed by Christina

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