This book contains a lot of very interesting ideas, but they are not woven together into a compelling story line. The end in particular left me feeling annoyed at having spent hours waiting for the book to develop on its early promise. With a good editor, this book could have been exceptional.
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! If I can spare just one person from the dissapointment of this book, then I've done my Job. Briefly, here's why Oryx & Crake is banal tripe:
1. The main character is completely unsympathetic and has no arc.
2. The MC's relationships are shoddy, incomplete and uninteresting.
3. There?s no conflict (or very little) throughout the story and the MC is never put in any real and lasting jeopardy.
4. The actions (and writing) seem forced and deliberate - there are no surprises in this story.
5. The concepts Ms. Atwood puts forth regarding "our" future are ludicrous to the point of being laughable (except the story's so bad that you want to cry). She never substantiates any of her conclusions about the future, she just throws them out there as if she just thought them up and thought that they'd be "really neat". They're not.
6. Even at the end of the story, no conclusions have been made. Our MC has learned nothing, has not grown in any way, and leaves us just the same as when we started, with nothing.
I could go into greater detail, but I already feel that I've done this book (and Margaret Atwood) more credit than it deserves. If I could give this book NO STARS a surely would. As for the author, I will never read anything written by her again.
This book captured my attention from beginning to end. The author provided just enough description and life to each main character and scene without overdoing it. I must say this book somewhat frightened me due to the (strong) possibility that the world could actually evolve into the type of place the author so thoroughly described.
This will not disappoint - great book, and a great job by Campbell Scott in dramatizing it. I liked the way they flagged the ending, so the listener could "feel" the last page between their fingertips, which I find very rewarding. I can only imagine this, but I think the experience of listening perhaps would even equal the experience of actually reading it
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..."