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Thursday, 11 March 2010

Oryx and Crake - A Book Review

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Published by Virago, ISBN: 9781844080281 , Paperback, Aust. RRP: $24.99

It feels like I finished this months and months ago with all the best books I've been reading, but it's only been four weeks! That seems like a lifetime ago!

I read what I suppose people would call the follow-up companion to Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and I really enjoyed that, so I just had to grab this one.

What B.o.B says - 
Pigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, now calls himself Snowman and lives in a tree, wrapped in old bed sheets. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility.

B.o.B doesn't give much away, but that was ok for me. The world of Oryx and Crake is a pretty scary one, with genetically modified animals everywhere. This book tells the story of what happens before The Flood , an event that wiped most human life from the face of the planet.

Again this book raises questions about ethics and morality, genetic-engineering and consumer and cosmetic excess.

Despite having read The Year of the Flood first, I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to unravel Snowman's sad and scary story.

As always Atwood leaves the reader with some questions, things you'll ponder over for weeks to come.

If you like Margaret Atwood and distopian-type novels, you'll enjoy this.

1 comment:

  1. Yay! Glad you liked it...but as I've said before I'm an unashamed Atwood groupie. I agree with you, it's so suspenseful. Loving all your reviews and envious of all the reading you're getting through. xo

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