The Windup Girl, by Paolo BacigalupiRead about the other books on the list.
This now-classic novel about a world after peak oil offers us a vision of what happens when Big Genomics replaces Big Oil. Agribusiness rules the world, and people struggle to survive on GMO grains made vulnerable to diseases while the government of Thailand guards its main source of wealth - a library of heirloom genes - jealously. If you want a glimpse of post-oil economics, this book is the place to start.
Writers Read: Paolo Bacigalupi.