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Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1)

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14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is a tale of human existence on the brink and speculative fiction at its best with strong dystopian overtones. Atwood introduces the protagonist Jimmy, a.k.a. Snowman, in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed and taken over by biological c...
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is a tale of human existence on the brink and speculative fiction at its best with strong dystopian overtones. Atwood introduces the protagonist Jimmy, a.k.a. Snowman, in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed and taken over by biological contamination. Jimmy lived in a wealthy scientific community isolated from the poor and contaminated population of the Pleeblands. He grows up being the latter end of a generation of geniuses and holds a rather uncaring and sardonic view of life. Jimmy's best friend Crake is a genius and becomes a successful bioengineer and innovator of complex organisms. Upon Crake's location of Oryx, an adolescent object of Jimmy's thoughts, a complex love triangle suddenly precipitates between Jimmy, Oryx, and Crake just as the world falls into disaster. After the catastrophe Snowman struggles to survive in the vicious world after human habitation and tries to reconnect with the past. The climax of the novel is a convergence of Jimmy's two timelines in an epic déjà vu revelation and suspenseful conclusion.
In her novel Atwood presents a possible future of the human race according to a modern view of human nature. Her transcendence of science fiction into speculation and contemplation evokes shock and disgust at the path society is on. One branch of that path and hidden theme in the story is the sick and ironic nature of perfection: one can strive for perfection, but the flaws will always be more explosive. Like the engineer of a time bomb, Atwood locks up secrets and understanding to the complex and at times, confusing story; only when the time is right are they revealed to give the reader an overwhelming sense of epiphany. This technique stimulates the reader intellectually by drawing out predictions and hypothesis as to the origins of some of the developments. Atwood's characters are particularly inventive; their personalities are very normal, but seem out of context in a futuristic world. Her utilization of characters as conveyors of theme does not lessen the attachment and fondness for the characters that grows in the reader. Perhaps the most intriguing and amazing aspect of the novel is the possibility of some of the same events playing out in the human world in the near future. Atwood's startling realism in her fiction gives her work life, uniqueness, and awe.

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3 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

What a waste, no stars would be best!!

If I could give NO stars I would!!!This book was so bad that I couldn't find anyone else to hand it off to. As a avid reader I was very disappointed, I never even finished, it was that BORING!!! Was there even a plot to this story?? IF so I could not find it. MY sister ...
If I could give NO stars I would!!!This book was so bad that I couldn't find anyone else to hand it off to. As a avid reader I was very disappointed, I never even finished, it was that BORING!!! Was there even a plot to this story?? IF so I could not find it. MY sister who reads even more than me couldn't finish it either!! And we rarely ever do that. Save your money for a GOOD book.

posted by Anonymous on February 3, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Yuck

    What a horrible, sad book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Unusual setting but otherwise predictable

    A variation on the typical distopian novel. The author users flashbacks to tell the story of the destruction of mankind. Decent prose but easy to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    interesting at first, then YAWN

    when i started this book it had me roped in, but after half a dozen chapters i was bored. the writing seemed decent and had hints of vonnegut-esque style for sure, but some of the names were just ridiculous and hardly creative and the book eventually seemed self-indulgent without the clout to back it up. i decided not to waste my time and stopped reading about 1/3 into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Dismal fantasy

    This bizarre fantasy of a futuristic world devastated by biotechnology drifts into nonsense. For a more vivid and realistic view of biotechnology gone awry read 'Harvest of Terror' in which terrorists release genetically engineered plants.

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