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.
I have found these books a bit heavy going at times but always worth the wait. the narrators were wonderful, especially the young man that narrated blackbeard so perfectly. favourite moment, when the pigoons carried snowman the.jimmy. I was almost.in tears by the end.
"Simple story with fairly interesting characters"
The background is pretty simple with the narrative explaining past events in a series of recounted stories without any substantial twists and turns. A couple of the characters are explored but I was felt feeling that something was missing from the book besides the deliberately unexplained. Not as good as some of the other works.
"Great book, uneven quality of narration"
A wonderful, engaging tale pinned down with some deeply interesting and funny thought experiments. What would it be like to explain modern humanity to a stone age person? How does a religion get invented by a group without even them realising it's fiction?
In some fields of learning and research the biggest institutions are companies not universities. Which and how many areas of knowledge would companies need to get private monopoly on for them to take over the USA? How about healthcare/drug companies?
The female narrator, Bernadette Dunne, was great. The male narrator had a striking voice but a bad reader. Seemed to think that ending every sentence with the same rising inflection is a cool, stoical device rather than a transparent cover for the fact he has little idea what he's reading.
Still, the switching between voices is cool and helpful and in all, a great audiobook.
"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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