A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past.
The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack.
©2013 Margaret Atwood (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"The best book of the trilogy!"
So many trilogies you only finish because you want "the conclusion" having long since ceased to be gripped by an author's increasingly long winded narration; not Atwood! This was my favourite of the three books (although probably my least favourite reading); highly recommended.
"Utopia or dystopia ? Insights into humanity"
Being made to think about the effects of society upon innocence and the interplay of the characters coming at the same events from different angles and their own viewpoints and priorities.
This is a sequel to Oryx and Craik by the same author and develops the possible consequences of that story.
Not aware that I have heard the same narrators elsewhere, but important that the three voices are given and used as the converging perspectives of the events are important in deducing the story and context. Well voiced and characterised, particularly Bernadette Dunne.
Amusing, disturbing, thought provoking, shaming, celebrating, humbling, edifying can all be applied. I laughed at the beginning and cried at the end.
Can stand alone, but better if have first assimilated Oryx and Craik, or better yet Margaret Attwood's other dystopian mirrors on ourselves.
"Very Good Book and Performance"
I liked the performance and having different narrators. I love Margaret Atwood books and this is the first one I have listened to. Not disappointed.
A trilogy that deserves to get into the lexicon, just as The Handmaids Tale did in a different era. But also just a great story of an end and a beginning.
"Good not great."
A huge amount of repetition unfortunately. It makes this the least enjoyable of all three books.
Margaret Atwood describes a brilliant and frighteningly possible future with humour and affection for each character. I have read and listened to this trilogy on many occasions as the story never gets old.
"I stopped long before the end"
Not sure, but it is not for a reader who is looking for people to act logically, within the character painted by the author, or for a story to get a move on
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