Oryx and Crake- Margaret Atwood
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 beyond our imagining.
Summary from Goodreads
- It takes too long to get to any real action. I know the point isn’t the action, but I wasn’t in the mood for anything else. To be fair, I thought the book was really good.
- There are some funny bits but I’m not sure that I was supposed to laugh. Still, some parts were pretty funny, so I was sitting in the bus just laughing.
- It was difficult to get into the book, for me. The beginning was pretty slow. However, once you get past that, it’s pretty good.
- The characters are believable. Jimmy/Snowman is cool. Since he’s the main character, we know the most about him. However, we get a fair bit about Crake (one of the people the book is named after). I get why Crake is in the title. I cannot, for the life of me, get why Oryx is important at all. Okay, maybe a little, but I hated her as a character. Everything about her was just so ambiguous. She pissed me off, actually.
- Also, I really like Atwood’s vision for this book. It’s so interesting, and this book definitely deserves another read. Or several.
So, I did enjoy this book, though it was hard to get into. I recommend it if you like post-apocalyptic type things.