If you like to read technical reports and scientific articles, you may like this book. However, if you like to read about characters and human emotions set within a scientific fictional future, you will not like this book. The charaters are portrayed as dichotomous (either/or) variables that respond to an environment that constantly needs to be analyzed. Sheffield tries to make his characterizations central, but fails and the reader is left instead feeling quite detached. To further the insult of this book, the narrator (G. Howard) seems to feel the same way. He reads as if he is cramming for a freshman's final exam--in Latin no less. Pass on this one.
I recommend listening to this book from a high quality down load. The narrator is so good that the story comes to life through his interpretation. I see this book as both informing and entertaining. Atwood has obviously engaged herself in the technologies of today and where these technologies may take us. To her credit, she is able to present her views, maybe her fears, in an entertaining manner. This book introduces the reader to characters within a world that is somehow quite imaginable. Jimmy represents words and the arts, and Crake is the 'well meaning' scientist who thinks that technology will save us. Oryx is the masses, the population that does not think too deeply about these issues. Atwood is able to tap into salient aspects of science and technological progress.
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