Review – Oryx and Crake
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  • October 5, 2013

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Oryx and Crake is the first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood. This marks my first venture into reading Atwood. I know that most people start with The Handmaid’s Tale but I began here with this odd, little book.

Oryx and Crake follows Snowman, a man who may be the last human on Earth. A plague has beset mankind leaving a race of people called the Crakers alive. The Crakers view Snowman as a potential leader since he has given them a bit of history to build their world upon. But it’s all a lie. Snowman knows what really happened and it’s all because of Crake.

Before the pandemic wiped out the population Snowman was Jimmy, a boy who was friends with Glenn. Jimmy and Glenn grew up in a world dominated by corporations, by soy products and internet feeds of data and reality television. Glenn sees a potential future buried in Science but Jimmy turns his sights to a girl named Oryx who haunts him from a world away.

This is, without a doubt, a queer, strange book. It’s an every person’s book. I haven’t read anything like this and yet so much of its nature was familiar to me. Speculative fiction takes potential outcomes of the future and twists it based on what is already happening. Atwood does just that, twists a possible outlook. And she wrings your heart out while doing it.

Much of what happens in the book is massive plot spoilers for those who haven’t read it so I won’t go into depth about the how and the why. But it’s an intense character driven and utterly profound read, and I am deeply disturbed by the suggestions in this book.

I don’t want to live in this future.

4 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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Reading Wolf

2013-10-05 18:21:42 Reply

I read the sequel The Year of the Flood first. I haven’t read anymore of Atwood’s work, but I still consider her one of my favorite writers…if that makes sense. LOL.