Definitely. But I would caveat that with a "buy the whole series, not just this book". Not just because of context and continuity - but really because of character and situational depth. Atwood is a master of painting this rich post-apocalyptic world. Dunne adds the perfect pitch and tone to the characters voices. I love how Atwood doesn't miss details like the behavior of the genetically altered Crakers, the thoughts of each character in the ensemble, or the sub-storylines for each of them. At the same time, she doesn't pander or condescend to the readers' intellect with verbosity.
Atwood brilliantly spaced out their narratives in such a way that you're not feeling burned out by each thread nor confused when one storyline segways into another. The novel flows well, the pace is well-thought out, and the characters are strange, endearing and relate-able.
I you appreciate dystopian fiction, look no further than this icon. With the barrage of dystopian books being published as of late, they are no comparison to the standards of Atwood storytelling.
Did I mention that I'd recommend this book to ANYONE?
Character interactions. Toby comes into her own and is a heart wrenching delight whenever she's obliged to tell stories to the Crackers.
Being able to verbalise and add emotive depth to a book that requires great specificity.
Toby. Won't ruin it for anyone, but without her, you aren't able to appreciate the other characters or the humour and frustration that is readily available whenever the Crackers appear.
yes. the depth of the storytelling was phenomenal. i came into this book believing it'd be a melodramatic epilogue of someone's life. but it wasn't. not even close. i was taken by this ornery, "i do what i want" character in zamparini. i was taken by the way in which hillenbrand told his story. truthfully, i didn't want the book to end - so i'll read it over and over.
forgiving his tormentors. wow. i couldn't have done that.
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