I almost didn't listen to this book, since I'd been disappointed by other Atwood novels mislabeled (in my opinion) as science fiction, such as The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin. Oryx and Crake is real science fiction -- fascinating and chilling -- with the added benefit of being written by a skilled novelist, giving far better characterization than usually seen in science fiction. Atwood is much less heavy-handed with her feminism than in her other novels, making this more effective and thought-provoking. The reading is excellent, conveying the sardonic humor and despair of the main character as well as the varied personalities of supporting characters.
This a fantastic journey into the future from Margaret Atwood. The leap from present day into 20 or 30 years down the road is both logical and frightening. The 3 main characters are well developed throughout the book and when the get to the final chapters, you probably won't be able to stop listening. If you like science-fiction with a large dose of reality, you will like this book.
Well, I truly did enjoy this book. It was weird, spooky, and rather fascinating. Good narration, great characters (though I don't mean great morals!), and good plot. Might be a little hard core--I found some of the stuff a little difficult to listen to because of how graphic it was, but overall very good. Didn't much like the ending--though I know you are supposed to use your imagination.
This is an interesting book. It's an alarmist view of a future in which genetic engineering runs amok. I'm certain that the "no genetically engineered foods" activists will eat it up like candy.
However, the book is disappointing in many ways. We are drawn into the this complex relationship between the three main characters and then left wanting when their relationship culiminates in a rather unfulfilling climax with only threadbare indications as to the underlying motivations of their actions.
In the end the story just sort of trails off aimlessly, ultimately ending with a fizzle rather than a BANG. It's not a bad book but don't expect any grand revelations from Ms. Atwood. She obviously expects you to provide your own conclusions... Is this a literary choice, laziness or lack of imagination on the part of the author?
You be the judge... as I said "Some assembly required..."
Sure there were good parts to the story, but the gaps of so-soness (coined a new word like snowman) between them led me to look forward to the end of the story. Then I was extremely disappointed, I would have liked the story to go on some more. So, I thought parts were slow, but I wanted more, if you like apocalyptic style stories it's probably worth listening to.
Altwoods character development is superb. She wastes no time on super technology, its not needed. The character of snowman, our narrator, unfolds Altwoods apocalyptic vision with frightning overtones of "what is right around our corner." There is a quality of redemption involving Crake's children that gives us hope of a better tomorrow. Unfortunatly, that tomorrow may not include us!
I was enthralled by the creativity of this book. Well written and complex, it is a testimony to the author's depth of knowledge.
Margaret, you have got to be kidding me? What kind of ending was that? At first I was convinced that I was missing the last part of the book. I feel cheated.
Many an author could have written this interesting premise quite well but not this author. She is a spectacular wordsmith and is probably quite at home writing poetry. But here the juxtaposition of real life with her flowery prose is distracting to say the least. The device of presenting the story through the memory of the main character does not work well for a story like this one. Written in a chronological order, it might command your attention. As it is, the voice is way too passive for this kind of tale. And developing all the characters through the filter of the protagonist's memories turns it to vanilla most of the time. It's a great concept but actually much of it has been done before, and better.