Audible is better than TV
The story was fine. The premise was slightly interesting. The characters were boring.
AS A BOOK
That was the problem. The book should have been a short story or novella at best.
The story was uniquely told from the protagonist point of view as the pre-problem person, and a changed post problem person. The current time depends on which person is speaking. The post problem person looks back and comments on what has been done or said a few pages before as his old self.
There are some interesting things that happen along the way. I found it frustrating that much of the surroundings are left vague. Are their still nations or a world government? Have companies taken over the world while leaving nations alone to handle the lesser people?
Bottom line, it was a tedious but interesting YA read. It could have been done much better as a book and would have been great if reduced to a short story.
A well written book, if at times a little wandering. The story is framed as the recollections of a man in the wastelands of our modern life. It switches back and forth from his memories growing up pre-disaster to his daily life post-disaster. It's a rumination on human nature, the line between human and animal, and a comparison between the creation and destruction of species. There was a heavy Eden vibe for sure.
mother of 4
This book starts out very slow, I would have given up but it's written really well. It picks up half way through and gets very interesting. Generally it's more cerebral than action packed.
I cannot believe I listened to 10 1/2 hours when this story could have been written as a novella and probably would have been much more enjoyable to endure. There were interesting and twisted points, but not enough to justify 10 1/2 hours of my time. There could have been a possibility of redemption had there actually been an ending of substantial merit, but it seems to have been set up as a series and I will no longer participate in this on going agony.
What an imagination Margaret Atwood has! Oryx and Crake is so surprisingly different from Handmaid's Tale - one my favorite books -but an equally original vision of the dystopian future. Though the cause of the apocalypse is something we all will recognize, it doesn't detract from the dread. From the top of the tree where Snowman (Jimmy) awakes to his cautious first steps back to the ruins of his former world, I was "with" him on that journey. I worried about his foot as if it was mine. (That's all I need say about that.) It's a masterful unfolding of the horror, ingeniously told through a mix of memories and straight narration of events. Personally , I think the telling could have done without Snowman's random lapses into profanity, but it didn't bother me too much. I did appreciate the twangs of humor in Oryx and Crake. I laughed aloud at several scenes, and equal credit here must be given to the narrator. All in all, a marvelous ride, and I am definitely excited about moving on to the rest of this series.
Not at all impressed with the pseudo high-concept dystopian future. Listened to half of the book and gave up. The characters have interesting, but unappealing traits, and they aren't characters the reader would want to be around.
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.