Given that Atwood planned Oryx and Crake as the first book in her MadAdam Trilogy, I can only hope that the book was rife with plot seeds for The Year of the Flood and the third book.
One expects sadness and conflict in a dystopia; unfortunately, the sadness belongs to the reader who waits for a story to unwind slower than the end of a Canadian winter.
The book does have interesting ideas, but they are strung out [...] through characterization that is stunningly two-dimensional. Having weathered through to the end, I can confirm other reviewers comments: this is not an enjoyable read for fans of Atwood's other works. If only Atwood had an axe to grind, like Pullman in his trilogy His Dark Materials, one could at least enjoy the unconcealed vitriol.
No, Oryx and Crake is a barren landscape, a dearth of detail, and painfully obvious where it might be clever. I dare say I enjoy standing in line at the supermarket more than I did most chapters in the novel. Am I being harsh? Perhaps - but Atwood has failed to deliver to my expectations given her previous work.
Simply put, I loved ORYX AND CRAKE! Despite Atwood's grim futuristic plot of 'science gone mad' I found it difficult to put this book down. The first person narration of Snowman (Jimmy) jumps between the present (a bleak world existing primarily of him and the Crakers) and the past (events leading up to the destruction of humanity) as the details of the plot are uncovered. I most enjoyed Atwood's fresh writing and awe-inspiring imagination. Although I am not a fan of the science fiction genre I loved reading about Snowman's interpretation of the end of society. Of course ORYX AND CRAKE contains many cautionary tales against gene splicing, corporations, and the power of the Internet (why aren't there any 'happy' books of the future?). Despite Atwood's bleak and dark vision of the future there is much to extract, as science can't eliminate human love and desire. The relationships between Crake, Jimmy, and Oryx are mysterious and convoluted and I wanted to learn more. I appreciated Atwood's ability to tell this tale without filling in all the details for the reader. Much is left to the reader's imagination and I wasn't annoyed by this at all. Without risking giving away anymore of the plot I will end this review by stating that I was left greatly satisfied by ORYX AND CRAKE. I remains a gem on my bookshelf.
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Found this book hard to put down. Atwood's new world brings up some issues that we are going to be dealing with in the future. She calls it Cli-fi, and she has some fun with the english language (anoo yoo). But can recognize trends in our time (botox, entertainment, etc.) that give one pause. Lookimng forward to "the Flood"
Better than I thought it would be. The story is compelling and it keeps you wanting to know more until the very end. After which you'll have to read the two sequels to find out what really happens. Great distopian, post-apocalyptic read, with humor & wit woven right in.
Loved this book. Chose this book out of a select few that we could read and write a critical book review on for my class in university, and ended up loving the book. Has that cool, Fallout, post apocalyptic feel.
Margaret Atwood is fast becoming my most favorite author. Having first read The Flooding, I found myself identifying with the characters, and finally understanding some of the scenes from the first book. I cannot wait to read Maddadam.