Margret Atwood is not the easiest author to read. Her books have a real substance to them. They challenge me to thing about her characters and the story she's telling. This book is no exception, but she just got a bit over the top preachy on the subject of bio engineering and her view of our future. It was worth the read, but it could have been a lot more if she'd toned it down a bit.
I'm not usually inclined to choose such dark and serious stories, but I loved Margaret Atwood's other books, so I gave Oryx and Crake a try. I am so glad I did! The narrator is really great, and the story is very compelling. This is the first of a seris
Out of the 100+ audiobooks I've listened to, Oryx and Crake is my absolute favorite. The story is inventive. The language is complex. I am in awe of Margaret Atwood; she has created a complete, very different world, one that plagues my mind.
Lets hope not
I had a love hate relationship with the whole thing, many things sounded like good and bad ideas at the same time, thus I was often at a loss how to feel about all the tech and environmental development. Of course anything that could go wrong often did, but I often thought "this could have been a positive development..." But outcomes were often pretty believable, and so sadly it was easy to buy-in, I guess that's what makes a good read, it doesn't coddle you, often dragging you into new ideas and challenging you while you can't put it down (or stop listening in this case)
Jimmy is an average guy in a cruel world who finds himself in good and bad situations which he has no control of and can't seem to get a grip. A good character to follow.
Ambitious novel, but doesn't ultimately deliver. The narrator is very good and I was disappointed that he didn't continue in the second book. The novel is entertaining and occasionally thought provoking, but at the end of the day reads like an author's literary creation, not something real. The science is far-fetched (obviously not written by a scientist), but even more far-fetched is the society portrayed in the book or the ridiculous post-humans. There are 3 books in the series, but I quit after book two. Extremely rare for me not to finish a series. Biggest gripe is that the first book's ending is up in the air. The reader does not know how it turns out. So one would hope that the second book picks up where the first ends and carries the plot forward. Instead book two tells the same story from a different perspective and barely advances the plot at all. Upon reading that the third book tells the story from yet another perspective and barely advances the plot, I called it quits. Nevertheless, the writing is good and the characters interesting. It just wasn't the story I wanted to hear.
The story was fantastic, a little slow during the middle. The narrator was amazing as well. I went into this book without knowing anything other than the dystopian setting. I really loved it though.
I have not.
Jimmy, you're so funny.
This is a well constructed, intricate story with great characters and relationships. It's but logical. Is there hope in this series? Still waiting for that element.