Oryx and Crake (Paperback)
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Short Description for Oryx and Crake Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey-with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake-through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and ...
- Published: 30 March 2004
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385721677 ISBN 10: 0385721676
- Sales rank: 8,331
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Reviews for Oryx and Crake
Review of Oryx and Crake
In The Robber Bride, I experienced Margaret Atwood's brilliant character-writing. In The Handmaid's Tale, I learned just how chilling a dystopian, apocalyptic book can be. With Oryx and Crake I saw both of those aspects of Atwood's writing combined in the forms of Snowman(Jimmy), Oryx, and Crake.
As with all books of this type, it takes a little adjusting and getting used to - the world is foreign, and its unfamiliarity can make for some rough reading, but Atwood does a beautiful job of introducing some beings that were so simple it was difficult not to like them, to be curious about them. It was that curiosity that had me digging deeper into the story, savoring every answer I received and pushing until, finally, the answers were all laid before me. And then - no, that wasn't all. There were still questions left unanswered and now I know why I was told to wait to read The Year of the Flood (which I've already requested).
The summary does a good job of letting you, the reader, know what this book is about, and I don't want to get into it because, frankly, it's a bit complex to do it easily without revealing some pretty major plot points. I will say, however, that this is a "meat and potatoes" read. It's not a fluff book you can easily pick up and then just as easily put down. It takes some dedication but it's so rewarding and worth it. by Lydia Presley