I did not finish this book. At the beginning it was intersting and I enjoyed it. But it slowly (very slowly) turned into a sermon about the evils of genetic engineering. I think the author's time would have been better spent writing letters to congressmen and newspapers to publicize her political views.
I normally enjoy sci fi books that are cautionary tales or take us to alternate timelines but this allegory became a little too pointed. I felt the story's judgements and conclusions were being not only spoon fed to me, but that I was also being beaten over the head with the spoon.
I imagine it could be. It would star a popular television evangelist and enron's upper management.
I am only so bitter because at the start I thought I really found a good book!
Horrifying look at the future. A cautionary tale. A new kind of apocalypse, bleak but well supported. Bold statements about human nature. A likable and relatable narrator. I definitely want to read the next book in the series.
The whole book I was waiting for something to happen in the present. When it finally did, the book ended.
I am remarkable.
The voice of this story is incredible, and the exposition was masterful. Can't wait to consume the next book in the series!
Wow. Just, WOW. Not a lot of words right now to explain my feelings for this story. I've been waiting for a while to discover a story as profound and entertaining as this one. Margaret Atwood has done it again. Surely this too will become a classic.
Although the story was fantastic, the narrator's voice was such that I fell asleep a few times. He's a really good narrator, I think it's just the calm, deep tone of his voice.
Margaret Atwood does a great job weaving a fantastic, truly sci fi story. It was believable. This could be our future.
Set in a post-apocalyptic United States, Snowman is an outsider in a strange little utopia he oversees. Slowly we learn the origins of the people who inhabit this utopia, and in so doing, who, exactly, Oryx and Crake (and Snowman) are in relation to them. Worth the listen, although I'm not a huge fan of her endings.
Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.
Atwood is known for her post-apocalyptic distopias. She's equally known for her powerful feminist social commentary. This novel does not disappoint in either respect. I do need to listen to it a second time, however. And maybe even a third. Though short, and seemingly simple, the novel and its storylines are complex, and did not lend themselves to my distracted listening while driving, cleaning, working, etc.
The tale itself is a story of love, friendship, coming of age, identity-seeking ... pretty typical. It tells of Jimmy/Snowman, Oryx, and Crake, all from Snowman's retrospective account, as he lives amid an artificial, quasi-human species that has survived an apocalypse of sorts. But more than that, the tale highlights the vices of modern society, the risks of nihilism and narcissism, the folly of intellectual zeal. And it does so in a sometimes gritty, painful way - one that at times made my otherwise thick skin crawl with recognition and disgust. Atwood matter-of-factly writes about everything from basic intellectual elitism to religious fanaticism to child sex trafficking, as they have become rampant in the 21st-Century society in which Jimmy grows up.
Atwood is at once creative and imaginative, yet anchored in the harsh realities of our modern society and the technologies that we (over-) value.
Oryx and Crake is everything a reader craves from Atwood's sharp and clever writing, but in no way feels like a recycling of anything I've read before - it feels new, fresh, and poignant in this harsh and honest novel.
Intriguing and engaging. I didn't want it to end. The story was very inventive and had some really wonderfully complex characters.