None of the stories in this collection were bad, and some I would rate 4 or even 4.5 stars individually, but nothing really impressed me like the The Windup Girl
did. I think my greatest disappointment was the similarity of all the themes: Bacigalupi writes dystopian stories about humanity's greed and selfishness and environmental devastation, and that's all
he writes about. Two of the stories in Pump Six
are from the same world as The Windup Girl
, and most of the others easily could be. He's a good writer, but I'd really like to see him open up a bigger toolbox.