Oryx and Crake by Atwood, Margaret
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.
From the very beginning of this novel, you feel that you are
setting out on a journey masterminded by a sure and energetic guide.
The starting place is a point some way into the future, where a
character called Snowman is contemplating the devastated landscape
around him and his own situation as probably the last human left on
Woven through Snowman's struggles to survive among genetic
mutations and in the face of gradual starvation is the tale of his past
as a naive young man called Jimmy.
Jimmy watches as the world hurtles
towards a catastrophe that is masterminded by his friend, an
over-ambitious scientist called Crake.
structure sounds complicated, the novel never loses its forward
momentum. Throughout the book the wheels of the plot turn relentlessly;
sometimes you feel almost breathless. Will Jimmy reveal how the great
biological disaster was released? Will Snowman survive starvation,
injury, and attack by mutant monster pigs?
It is a cracking read, in other words.
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